2019-20 Applicants

University of Montana - Missoula


Contact Information more...

Caitlin Malinak
Administrative Associate
School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
University of Montana - Missoula
Skaggs 135
Missoula MT, 59812
(406) 243-4753
physical.therapy@umontana.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/31/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MBA, DPT/MPH
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
35
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
51%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
48%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
31%
% Female
67%

Race / Ethnicity

% Asian
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
89%
% Two or More Races
9%

Program Description more...

Nestled in the mountains of western Montana, 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. Students are integrally involved in scholarly effort. Over 100 graduates published their research results in refereed journals or in proceedings of national professional conferences. Research labs include applied exercise physiology, movement science and motor control. Clinical education, service and research opportunities are also conducted through the UMPT Clinic, which is comprised of sports and orthopedics, neurologic impairment, and the New Directions Wellness Center for individuals with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Over the last five years, over 97% of our graduates passed the national licensing exam on their first attempt. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Invitations for interviews will be emailed soon after the first of the year. Interviews are normally held the first Saturday in February.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$300.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The deposit is non-refundable and applied to the student's fall tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/17/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews are usually the first Saturday in February.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.61
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses only the highest grade earned in its prerequisite GPA calculations if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
4489
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
146
154
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
146
155
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0

Observation Hours

 
80 hours of volunteer or paid experience in at least THREE different practice environments, under the direction of a licensed physical therapist, are required before submitting your application. Applicants will be asked to describe how their observation hours took place in at least THREE different practice environments and the differences between the settings. Some example practice environments include home health, inpatient hospital, outpatient orthopaedic care, or pediatric school based rehabilitation.

A minimum of 16 hours must be spent in each environment, and the environments chosen must include at least one inpatient care facility. The inpatient care facility can be an acute care hospital, a nursing home, or an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Planned hours and hours not verified are not included in the calculation of the 80 hours required at time of application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
80
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/15/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$80.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Supplemental Requirements
GRE Scores Sent to Code 4489
Signature Page for UMT DPT Program (upload document via PTCAS)
UMT Essential Functions Form (upload document via PTCAS)
Supplemental Application Fee (non-refundable)
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-15
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Program requires electronic versions.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • U.S. citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Seven of the nine prerequisites need to be complete at the end of Fall semester, 2019, including at least one course from both the chemistry and physics class sequences.

It is preferred that a non-virtual cadaver lab accompany Anatomy and/or Physiology courses.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Minimum of two semesters or equivalent quarters of human anatomy and physiology. A full sequence must be completed totaling the equivalent of at least 8 semester credits. 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. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
See Anatomy & Physiology I. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Minimum of two semesters or equivalent quarters of chemistry with laboratory. A full sequence must be completed totaling the equivalent of at least 8 semester credits. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
See Chemistry I. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Minimum of two semesters or two to three quarters of physics with laboratory. A full sequence must be completed, totaling the equivalent of at least 8 semester credits. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See Physics I. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Social/Behavioral Science
Minimum of two semesters or three quarters of social/behavioral science classes, totaling the equivalent of at least 6 semester credits. These classes can include courses offered by Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Ethics, Philosophy, Communications, and Women’s Studies departments. 1 of 2 Required. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
Minimum of two semesters or three quarters of social/behavioral science classes, totaling the equivalent of at least 6 semester credits. These classes can include courses offered by Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Ethics, Philosophy, Communications, and Women’s Studies departments. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Minimum of one semester or one quarter of statistics coursework. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics