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 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.


The Clinical Education Program of the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at The University of Montana has the primary mission of providing students the requisite experiential learning opportunities to become proficient, entry-level practitioners upon graduation.

Clinical Experiences

Year 1

Clinical Clerkship

15 hours of community outreach, interprofessional education, and orientation to clinical practice.

Clinical Experience I

8 weeks, full-time, off-campus in the Summer semester

Year 2

Integrated Clinical Experience I (ICE)

7 weeks, part-time, on-campus in the Spring semester

Clinical Experience II

8 weeks, full-time, off-campus in the Summer semester

Year 3

Integrated Clinical Experience II (ICE)

7 weeks, part-time, on-campus in the Fall semester


Clinical Internship

15 weeks, full-time, off-campus in the Spring semester

Clinical Education Dates

2024 2025

Clinical Internship: January 2, 2024 - April 12, 2024

First Summer Session: May 20, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Second Summer Session: June 24, 2024 - August 16, 2024

Clinical Internship:

First Summer Session:

Second Summer Session:

Clinical Instructors

The contributions of clinical instructors are invaluable to our profession, our program and society. By providing excellent clinical training to physical therapy students, physical therapists provide an important service in the overall education of physical therapy students in preparing them for entrance into the workforce.

If you are interested in affiliating with our program and serving as a clinical site for our students please contact Jennifer Bell at or 406-243-6827 for more information.

Contact Us

For more information you can contact:

Jenn Bell, PT, ScD, COMT, Clinical Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Education
Phone: 406-243-6727 or

Sue Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS, Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Director of Clinical Education
Phone: 406-243-2678 or