The University of Montana - Missoula

Information about Physical Therapist program at The University of Montana - Missoula




The University of Montana - Missoula (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 08/01/2006
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
The University of Montana
135 Skaggs Building
Missoula, MT 59812-4680
Phone:   (406)243-4753
Fax:   (406)243-2795
Financial Aid Phone:   (406)243-5510
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Reed Humphrey, PT, PhD
Professor & Chair
  Accreditor:   The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, March 1981 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 1995 (no longer offered) DPT, May 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2008
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The program is a 33-month DPT program. All classes begin in late August of the year of admission. Courses are taught primarily in a traditional format with emphasis on integrated case studies, critical thinking, and problem-solving. All students complete a research/special project and a case report with individual faculty advising.
Part-time clinical experiences are integrated into the first academic year. A 7-week, full-time clinical experience occurs in the summer between the first and second academic year. A 5-week, full-time experience occurs during the second academic year as well as an 8-week full-time affiliation in the second summer. The final semester includes a 15 week custom clinical affiliation. DPT students complete 35 weeks of full-time clinical internships.
There are ten full-time and more than twelve part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 60% hold PhD degrees, 10% are certified as clinical specialists, and 40% are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10.
More than 13,000 students study at The University of Montana each year. The physical therapy program accepts 32 students each year. Both residents and non-resident applicants are considered.
Prerequisites for admission to the physical therapy program include 4 semester courses in biology including microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and advanced biology; one semester course of statistics; 2 semester courses of chemistry including lab; 2 semester courses of physics with lab; 1 semester course of exercise physiology; 2 semester courses of social sciences that must include either abnormal or developmental psychology. CPR certification is required. A baccalaureate degree is also required for admission. The average prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of students admitted to the program is 3.62. Applications for fall acceptance must be received by January 15. 50% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average).
Over the past 3 years, 95% of admitted students graduate from the program, 99% of graduates passed the licensure exam, and 100% of graduates are employed as licensed physical therapists.
For the 2006-07 academic year, including the summer session, full-time tuition and fees are approximately $11,000 for in-state residents and $23,000 for out-of-state residents. Institutional funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and other considerations. Federal and state funding is also awarded. Scholarship and awards are available for enrolled students.
On-campus residence halls house 28% of the student body. Off campus housing is also available for graduate students. Registered cars are allowed with permits. The campus, which covers 200 acres, is located in Missoula, Montana. With a population greater than 50,000. Missoula is located in scenic western Montana, a recognized center for outdoor sports and recreation including skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and many others. The campus is served by a mass transit bus system and is 12 miles from the airport. Intercollegiate athletics include basketball, football, tennis, and track for men, and basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball for women.