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
Welcome and thanks for visiting the UMPT web site. In thinking about the past year I am reminded there is nothing more constant than change. Some things – gratefully – remain the same; we have admitted another 34 outstanding new DPT students for the fall as we bid adieu to 34 graduates in May. The faculty continue to be active in scholarly endeavors as we tweak or curriculum to keep pace with the changing nature of physical therapy. Our transitional DPT curriculum has now enrolled over 500 students and provided nearly 200 new alumni for the University of Montana since its inception in 2008. Incredibly, demand remains high as we evaluate applicants for the fall 2012 cohort; at the time of this note we expect another 150 or so new students to enroll. As before, I can’t overemphasize the impact this program has had on national recognition; our network of graduates now reaches even further and the affiliate faculty, nationally and internationally-known experts, continue to impact the field of physical therapy as they contribute to the program.