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School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

The School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science offers a 33 month entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.  This degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  The Nora Staael Evert Physical Therapy Clinic houses UMPT Sports and Orthopedics, UMPT Neurological and Mobility Impairments, and the New Directions Wellness Center, which provides fitness and wellness services for people with physical limitations or disabilities and are integral to the mission of the School.  Ongoing research efforts within the School include initiatives in the Applied Exercise Physiology, Movement Science, and Motor Control laboratories.


Message From the Chair

A message to our friends and alumni –

Thanks for exploring the website - I appreciate you taking the time to see what we’re up to at UMPT; there is a lot going on, between new hires, newly renovated clinics and as always, working with great students. In addition to our usual cohorts of on-campus students, out transitional DPT curriculum continues to defy the odds and is still going strong –we’ll probably top the 800 mark in students admitted since it’s inception in 2008 – so we’re graduating a significant number of new UM alumni every year. They are happy with the program and rightfully so – easily the best and most affordable DPT bridge program in the country. As a result, UM’s presence grows yearly by orders of magnitude, and that’s good for UM as well as PT.

On the faculty front, we’ve welcomed a new faculty member in clinical education this fall, Dr. Jen Bell. I encourage you to read more about Jen on the UMPT faculty web page. She’ll be working with Dave Levison in Clinical Education, in addition to other faculty responsibilities. Welcome Jen! We’ve also added two research assistant professors in Drs. Mindy Renfro and Ryan Mays, working in geriatrics and peripheral arterial disease, respectively. Dr. James Laskin took another four DPT students to Thailand and continues to build our international ties; last spring a Thai scholar came to UMPT at the invitation of Dr. Laskin and taught our students and other physical therapists Thai massage. Those are just a few highlights - I encourage you to visit each faculty member’s web page to catch up on individual accomplishments.

The University of Montana-Missoula
School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812-4680
Phone 406.243.4753 Fax: 406.243.2795

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