Prospective Students

We are pleased you are considering admission to the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science at The University of Montana.  Presumably, you have taken the opportunity to read through the information we have provided about a career in physical therapy, choosing a school for your DPT and the DPT curriculum at UM, which includes information about our clinical education program.  If you have not yet taken that opportunity, we would strongly recommend you read through this information before entering the application process.

Students participating in the Biomech gait lab

To learn more about the process at UM, begin by reviewing the application requirements that include not just the pre-requisite courses but also important other components to the application. 

Part of our contract with students is a commitment to ensure that the cost of your education is wisely invested in the resources you will need to be successful.  We trust when you tour our web site or visit the facility at UM, you will take note of our investment in instructional technology and equipment that will help you become a contemporary physical therapist.  

In addition to the excellent classroom, research and teaching labs, UM operates a state-of-the-art physical therapy clinic and adaptive fitness center to reach patient/client populations that enhance your education and meet the needs of both campus and the Missoula community.  The UM Physical Therapy Clinic provides a variety of physical therapy services, and the New Directions Wellness Center provides assisted and adaptive exercise options for individuals with disabilities and chronic disease.

The School of Physical Therapy offers dual degree programs with the Master’s Degree of Public Health (MHP) and the Master’s Degree of Business Administration (MBA). Students who wish to participate in either dual degree program must satisfy the normal admission requirements for both the entry-level DPT program and their second degree of choice. A unique credit exchange agreement provides the student the opportunity to earn both degrees in a shorter time period. Individual curricular plans are constructed with consent of advisors. The dual degree program with the MPH offers two tracks:

Rural Health Track:

Students with special interest in Rural Health issues can elect to enroll in the DPT program’s Rural Health Track.  This track includes placement in rural practice clinical experiences during their DPT.  Students in this track will also complete a Certificate in Public Health, through the School of Public Health, to expand their knowledge of public health issues specific rural health settings.

Global Health Track:

Students with special interest in Global Health issues can elect to enroll in the DPT program’s Global Health Track.  This track includes placement in domestic and/or international global health settings during their clinical experiences.  In addition, students will complete the Certificate of Global Health, through the School of Public Health, to supplement their DPT training. 

Please review your fiscal needs by clicking here to gain an understanding of the current costs of the program and available financial aid opportunities.

Our deadline for completed and submitted applications for the fall of 2021 is Thursday, October 15, 2020. When you begin the application process you have the ability to save your work and return at any time to complete the application before submission for consideration.

Thanks again for considering the University of Montana; it is our pleasure to begin reviewing applications as soon as we receive them.