Curriculum Overview

The University of Montana Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program prepares graduates to be competent physical therapists capable of assuming roles as clinical practitioners, educators, scholars/researchers, administrators, consultants, and advocates. The 8-semester curriculum completed in 33 months provides unique opportunities for students, beginning with strong foundational science content in the first year and culminating with a semester-long clinical internship. Courses include both didactic (classroom) and laboratory (hands-on) learning that complement integrated and full-time clinical experiences beginning in the summer of the first year.

View the DPT Curriculum for more information.

Degree Requirements

The DPT degree requires completion of 121 credit hours, which includes 36 weeks of clinical education and 6 elective credit hours.

Clinical Education

The UMPT Clinical Education Program requires students to complete a total of 36 weeks of clinical experience consisting of 2 integrated, part-time experiences in the UM Physical Therapy Clinic and 3 full-time clinical experiences, along with participation in community outreach and interprofessional collaborations to promote professional development outside of traditional physical therapy training.

View our Clinical Education Webpage for more information.