UMPT COVID-19 Update

In light of the broad scale impact of COVID-19, the UMPT program has modified the application requirements for the 2020-2021 cycle. We hope that these adaptations are helpful to our applicants during these difficult times:

  •  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.

  • 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.