Accelerated Foreign Licensed Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Receive Your Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Just Over a Year

Our five semester tDPT program is your fastest path to your UM Doctorate of Physical Therapy. It is designed to build upon your physical therapy fundamentals and get you back in the workforce equipped with new skills and knowledge that will propel your career forward. For five semesters, you’ll immerse yourself in the rigorous curriculum, learn from world-class content experts and build competitive experience and gain important insight that will help you throughout your career.  Plus, the University of Montana is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Curriculum Pathway

This curriculum pathway will allow any BS to DPT student to complete their transition to a DPT in five semesters versus the current seven semester track. The total cost of the program is still the same (30 credits at $425 per credit) but enrolled students will be taking an average of 6-8 credits per semester.

All courses taken through this program are graduate level courses. While the tDPT coursework will assist toward the fulfillment of the educational requirements toward US licensure, it does not guarantee a US license. All PT’s seeking US PT licensure, must comply with all steps outlined by the FSBPT.

Key Dates

Application Deadline for Spring 2021 Semester: Postmarked by December 13, 2020
Semester Start Dates:
    Spring 2021 January 4, 2021
    Summer 2021 May 3,  2021
    Fall 2021 August 30, 2021

Traditional BS Track

  • Time to Complete7 semesters (6 didactic)
  • Credits Per SemesterAverage 3-5 credits
  • Cost Per SemesterAverage $1,275*
  • Workload Per SemesterAverage 3 graded items

*$425 per credit. Payment option is available. For semester by semester tuition, learn more here.

Accelerated BS Track

  • Time to Complete5 semesters (4 didactic)
  • Credits Per SemesterAverage 6-8 credits
  • Cost Per SemesterAverage $2,550*
  • Workload Per SemesterAverage 7 graded items

*$425 per credit. Payment option is available. For semester by semester tuition, learn more here.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition:
  • Semester 1****$2,550 (6 Credit Hours)
  • Semester 2****$2,125 (5 Credit Hours)
  • Semester 3****$2,975 (7 Credit Hours)
  • Semester 4$2,550 (6 Credit Hours)
  • Semester 5$1,700 (4 Credit Hours)
  • One-time non-refundable fees also apply:
  • Application Fee$85
  • Graduation Fee$45
  • Proctoring Fee$50 per semester

The tuition for this 30-credit accelerated tDPT program is $12,750, or $425/credit. For semester by semester tuition or course sequence, learn more here. ****PT 657 (2 credits | $850) – Professional Seminar will always be held at the end of April or mid-May and includes a weekend seminar. This course can occur in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd semester depending on the program start date. Billing for this course will occur during the semester the course is taken.


  • Online courses viewed across any platform and on your time.
  • Access to nationally-recognized subject matter experts
  • Professionalism course includes a weekend seminar which can be taken virtually or on campus
  • Well-defined curriculum delivers critical content for career advancement
  • E-learning solution creates a flexibility to accommodate busy professional and personal lives Graduate with a degree from an accredited institution


  • Bachelors in Physical Therapy Degree or Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy Degree
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Copy of Physical Therapy license or proof of practice in your country of residence/practice
  • Credential equivalency documentation
  • English proficiency results

**Non-US licensed applicants whose native language is not English must submit qualifying TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores to be admitted into the tDPT curriculum. If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (internet-based test), the IELTS score is below 6.5 or the MELAB score is below 82, applicants are encouraged to complete English as a Second Language course(s) and resubmit TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores before they apply to the program.

How to Apply

Offered by University of Montana in collaboration with Rehab Essentials.   Please complete the online application and send any questions and all requirements to:

Rehab Essentials, Inc
ATTN: Ms. Terry Heron, Director of Admissions
4813 East Hoffman Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
Email: terry@rehabessentials.com

All required materials must be postmarked no later than application deadline noted above in Key Dates.

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