The School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science offers a 33-month entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The UM Physical Therapy Clinic houses UMPT Sports and Orthopedics, UMPT Neurological and Mobility Impairments, and the New Directions Wellness Center, which provides fitness and wellness services for people with physical limitations or disabilities and are integral to the mission of the School. Ongoing research efforts within the School include initiatives in the Applied Exercise Physiology, Movement Science, Motor Control and Montana PACE (Peripheral Artery and Cardiac Exercise) laboratories.
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University of Montana School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Mission Statement
The Physical Therapy Educational Program at the University of Montana has the primary mission of educating students to become proficient entry level physical therapists who practice as effective members of health care teams to serve people across the lifespan. To this end, students are prepared to become providers of patient care and to fulfill the entry-level roles of administration, supervision, instruction, scholarship/research, and consultation. Graduates will demonstrate analytical thinking, reflective reasoning, and a broad base of professional knowledge and skills consistent with autonomous practice. Graduates will use effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills and apply the results of scientific research, clinical expertise, and patient values in their professional practice. The academic and clinical faculty will foster humaneness and compassion, professional and ethical behaviors, life-long learning, and cultural sensitivity. The faculty will provide service and leadership to the physical therapy profession at the University, State, National, and International levels. The clinical and scientific base of physical therapy and medical knowledge will be enhanced through creative and scholarly activities.