Frequently Asked Questions


Are the programs accredited?

The programs are fully accredited by the Northwest Commission, the accrediting body of the University of Montana.

Is financial aid available?
We keep costs low by three avenues: 1) lowered post-graduate credit rate, 2) no accessory fees, and 3) low credits per semester.  This third avenue of keeping credits low per semester while achieving an effective and efficient curriculum completion places students below the threshold of a part-time student status.  Federal financial aid is only available to students that are considered part-time or higher.  Personal, regional, or other financial aid may be available, but not through the University of Montana.
Do courses run on Mac and PC?

Yes, courses will run on most interfaces including Mac, PC, and mobile devices

Can courses be taken out of sequence?

All courses are taken within your cohort according to the schedule presented in the course sequence.

Do I need to be on the computer at a certain time?

All courses are self-paced within the semester, and in accordance to the grading requirement deadlines. As an example: if a course has an assignment due the 7th week of the semester and an exam due the last week of the semester, students can listen to the lectures on their own time. However, the assignment and exam must be submitted prior to their respective deadlines.

Is class participation required?

Every course has a discussion forum associated with it.  Some courses have grading requirements associated with the discussion forum participation, which must be completed.  However, we encourage every student to utilize the discussion as much as possible.  Networking and sharing ideas is the way an individual grows and enhances their profession.  The discussion forum can be linked to your email, making it easier to keep up to date.

I have completed my certificate/degree, when should I expect to receive my diploma/certificate?

Diplomas and certificates are mailed to the address stated on your completion application approximately 12 weeks after the final semester has ended.



Are all courses online?

All courses are online in the tDPT program with the exception of the Professionalism Seminar.  The Professionalism Seminar is a one weekend course that is typically held in May.  This is the only course that can be taken out of order, should attendance not be feasible in the year stated within cohort’s curriculum.

Do the courses count toward CEU?

Generally, yes. The courses completed in the tDPT program will count towards CEU credit. However, CEU's are state-by-state regulated. Thus, different states count post-professional, graduate courses differently. You will have to contact your state board to determine how they account for these courses.

How was the tDPT curriculum established?

The tDPT curriculum was established based upon the guidelines developd by the APTA Education Division’s “The Preferred Curricular Model for the Transitional Clinical Doctoral Program and Learner.”

Is there a graduation?

Yes, the University of Montana holds one graduation per year, which is held in May (typically the second weekend).  If a student completes their curriculum in the Fall of the previous year, or the Spring or Summer of the current year, they may attend the current May’s graduation.

Is attending graduation required to receive my degree?

While we thoroughly enjoy seeing everyone at graduation, attendance is not required to receive your degree.

How do I access the UM Library?

Steps for Accessing UM Library Online:

1) Access UM Library website:
2) Use search function in upper left of screen 
3) Click "Check Online Access" 
4) If available online it will prompt you to enter your NetID and password (as use in Cyberbear) for access.

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