Admissions

The University of Montana provides an entry-level professional physical therapy program through the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. 36 full-time graduate students enter the program each year in August and graduate 33 months later with a Doctor in Physical Therapy degree. Three full-time clinical internships are integrated throughout the curriculum, including an individually-designed 15-week internship the last semester of the program. Two part-time integrated clinical experiences take place in the School's UMPT Clinic during spring of second year and fall of third year. 

Admissions Information

The following deadlines are for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

  • PTCAS application and materials are due Oct 15, 2021

General Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required prior to entry into the program.

  • Completed PTCAS application with supplemental questions and fee.

  • UM supplemental questions can be found in the PTCAS application

  • $80.00 non-refundable supplemental fee

    • The link to the on-line payment can be found in the UM school specific questions in the PTCAS application or here

    • This fee is separate from the PTCAS fee.

  • Signed essential functions form

    • This form can be found in the PTCAS application and the completed form will need to be uploaded into the designated section of the PTCAS application.

  • The GRE must be taken before Oct 15, 2021 and submitted directly to UM

    • The GRE code for UM is 4489

    • The minimum GRE scores are 146 in both verbal and quantitative and a 3.0 for the writing score

    • Scores older than 5 years will not be accepted

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for both cumulative and prerequisite GPA's.

  • 7 out of 9 of the prerequisite courses need to be complete at the end of fall semester of application, including at least one course from both the chemistry and physics class sequences.

  • Complete a minimum of 80 hours of paid or volunteer observation experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

    • Before submitting your application you must complete a minimum of 16 hours in three different types of practice settings including at least one inpatient care facility. The inpatient care facility can be an acute care hospital, a nursing home or an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

    • Example practice settings include home health, inpatient hospital, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, outpatient orthopedic care, or pediatric school-based rehabilitation.

  • Three letters of recommendation will be needed with your application, at least one from a licensed Physical Therapist is recommended. 

Anatomy & Physiology - Minimum of two semesters or equivalent quarters totaling a minimum of 8 semester credits of human anatomy & physiology course sequence.

*A comparative anatomy course and an animal physiology course may be substituted for human anatomy and physiology. It is preferred that a non-virtual cadaver lab accompany Anatomy and/or Physiology courses.

Chemistry  - Minimum of two semesters or equivalent quarters totaling a minimum of 8 semester credits of a chemistry sequence including labs.

Physics - Minimum of two semesters or equivalent quarters totaling a minimum of 8 semester credits of a physics sequence including labs.

Statistics - Minimum of one semester or quarter of statistics.

Social Sciences - Minimum of two semesters or three quarters totaling a minimum of 6 semester credits of social/behavioral science classes. These classes can include courses offered by Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Ethics, Philosophy, Communications, and Women’s Studies departments.

Seven of the nine prerequisite courses need to be complete by the end of fall semester in which you apply. The courses must include the first course in both the chemistry and physics class sequences.

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a 2.00 or better. A letter grade of C- or lower will not be accepted.

 

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students complete a course in microbiology, neuroscience, biomechanics and exercise physiology.

AP credits are accepted for prerequisites only if a letter grade appears on the official college transcript. If a college grade is not assigned to the course, the sequence needs to be completed in college to complete the prerequisite.

It is recommended that prerequisite coursework ten years of age or greater be retaken.

Upper-division undergraduate or graduate-level coursework in the same subject may be substituted for a prerequisite course or prerequisite course sequence. This upper-level coursework must have at least the equivalent number of credits as the prerequisite lower-level coursework.

International Applicants must complete the admissions requirements listed above along with submitting TOEFL scores and a certified bank statement.

  • Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit TOEFL scores of at least 525 (paper-based test) or 195 (computer-based test).  If you are a graduate of an English-speaking university, TOEFL scores are not required, but you must submit GRE scores.
  • Before issuing a visa form, the Physical Therapy Program must receive a certified statement from a bank or sponsoring agency indicating that funds totaling at least $32,286 USD are available to meet the first-year cost of study.  You may be asked to put this sum on deposit with The University of Montana.
  • If you plan to bring your family to the United States, add $3,000 to your financial statement for your spouse, and $1,500 for each child.  All estimates of cost are subject to change by the Montana Board of Regents without prior notice.  Please contact the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science for current information.
  • Mail the above materials to the following:
    • DPT Student Selection Committee
      School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
      The University of Montana
      Skaggs Building, Room 135 
      Missoula, Montana 59812-4680
Doctor of Physical Therapy Tuition & Fees: FIRST YEAR

Resident Cost

Non-Resident Cost

$17,540.00*

$44,543.00*

 

 

 

 

Additional costs will include vaccinations, books, lab supplies, etc.

*These fees are for academic year 2020/2021. These fees are subject to change without any notice.

Applicants who are accepted in the Professional Physical Therapy Program are required to pay a $300 deposit to secure their position in the class. This payment will be credited toward tuition upon enrollment. If a student withdraws his or her application, the entire fee is forfeited.

COVID-19 Admissions Updates

  • All CR/NCR grading will be accepted for courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Accepted GRE scores will include exams taken as late at November 30, 2020.
  • Additionally, at home testing for the GRE will be accepted for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • For more information please visit https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/institutions/update/
  • Our inpatient observation hour requirement will be waived for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
  • Applicants who do have any opportunity to complete their 16 hours of inpatient observation should submit their verifications on PTCAS, as directed in the application. However, these hours are not required.
  • Despite waiving the inpatient observation requirement, applicants need a total of 80 observation hours within at least 2 different settings, with a minimum of 16 hours in each.

Update: September 28, 2020

Many healthcare settings have placed COVID restrictions on student observation and shadowing. For this reason, the University of Montana DPT Program is making the following changes for the 2020-21 cycle: 

  • Reference Requirements: 3 letters of professional recommendation are required, but there is no longer the requirement that one must be from a PT. We strongly encourage you to obtain a letter from a PT when possible, but will accept reference letters from other professional individuals who are able to speak to your character, work ethic and professionalism (e.g. Professor, Supervisor/Employer, Co-Worker, Academic, Teaching Assistant, PTA, Pre-PT Advisor, or Health Care Professional).
  • PT Observation Hours: We continue to believe that any experience working, volunteering, or observing PTs will provide exposure that will enhance the depth and breadth of understanding of PT practice; however, PT observation hours will not be scored against you when assessing your application due to lack of availability.  If you have not been able to interact with a PT and observe PT practice, we strongly recommend you find other ways to educate yourself regarding the field of physical therapy.

Many healthcare settings have placed COVID restrictions on student observation and shadowing. For this reason, the University of Montana DPT Program is making the following changes for the 2021-2022 cycle: 

  • PT Observation Hours: We continue to believe that any experience working, volunteering, or observing PTs will provide exposure that will enhance the depth and breadth of understanding of PT practice; however, PT observation hours will not be scored against you when assessing your application due to lack of availability.  If you have not been able to interact with a PT and observe PT practice, we strongly recommend you find other ways to educate yourself regarding the field of physical therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

The PTCAS application is usually available the first week in July each year. The application should be filled out and submitted electronically via PTCAS.

No, you only need to complete the application through PTCAS.

Yes, our interview date is scheduled for January 29, 2022.  Applicants selected for interviews are notified of the interview invitation typically in mid-December.

We recommend that you major in a course of study that you enjoy.  There is no major that is more favorably looked upon than any other but choosing a major that allows for efficiency in getting pre-requisites finished in a timely manner should be a consideration. Thus, many of our students have majored in biology or health and human performance (kinesiology, exercise science or exercise physiology, athletic training); but we also have recent students who majored in art history, astrophysics, business, anthropology, public health, Spanish, and occupational safety and health.

We review transcripts/prerequsites on a case by case basis. Please direct your inquries to physical.therapy@umontana.edu.
Grades from both sources are evaluated on an equal basis.
Both grades are included in your cumulative grade point average. However, we will take the higher grade for computation of your prerequisite GPA.
The 80 hours of observation need to be completed prior to submission of your application. These hours are for your benefit to ensure you truly want to pursue a career in physical therapy. Accumulating more than 80 hours does not enhance your application – once you have the hours and your decision is made, we recommend you focus on other elements of your application that enhance admission.

Our classes start in the fall of each year, typically during the last week of August. However, new student mandatory orientation occurs the week before classes begin.