Accelerated Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Foreign Licensed MS to DPT

  The University of Montana and Rehab Essentials are proud to bring a 1-year accelerated transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy program to internationally licensed working physiotherapists from around the globe.

A World-Class Program with Dr. Reed Humphrey and Dr. Jonathan Scheeler.

Earn Your Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Just One Year

Our accelerated MS to tDPT program is 100% online and budget friendly.  Each course within the curriculum is designed to advance critical thinking to the doctorate level while building on your clinical skills.   It is your fastest path to attaining your University of Montana (UM) Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  For three semesters, you’ll immerse yourself in the rigorous curriculum, learn from world-class content experts, build competitive experience and gain important insight that will help you throughout your career.

While the tDPT coursework will assist toward the fulfillment of the educational requirements toward US licensure, it does not guarantee a US license.  All Foreign-based PT’s seeking US PT licensure, will still need to comply with all steps outlined by the FSBPT.




Designed With You In Mind

Maintain balance between life, work, and school and earn your online transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree from the University of Montana in the United States.  The innovative, world-class curriculum is taught by the best and brightest faculty.   The program allows internationally licensed working professionals to complete the degree on their terms, online and on their time.  The contemporary 100% online format engages you from virtually anywhere, when you are ready, on your schedule and at your pace. And all with a budget friendly tuition.  Plus, the University of Montana is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

You have 24/7 online access to your courses and assignments when you are ready from virtually anywhere.  Courses can be viewed and reviewed anytime within the semester. Deadlines and key dates for assignments, quizzes and exams are easily found in the course dashboard to keep you on track.


Key Dates


Application & Materials Deadlines:
Spring 2024 Semester December 10, 2023
Summer 2024 Semester March 31, 2024

Projected Semester Start Dates*:

Fall 2023 August 28, 2023
Spring 2024 January 2, 2024
Summer 2024 April 22, 2024

*Schedules for future academic semesters are projected for planning purposes. Dates are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed upon acceptance.



* we run 3 semesters a year, starting January, April, and August.


*$425 per credit. Payment option is available.


  • Online courses viewed across any platform and on your time.
  • Access to nationally-recognized subject matter experts
  • 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 the University of Montana, an institution accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)



  • Masters in Physical Therapy Degree or Masters of Science in Physical Therapy Degree
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Copy of Physical Therapy license or proof of practice in your country of residence/practice
  • Academic equivalency:
  • English proficiency results:
    • Taken in the last 2 years
    • Non-US licensed applicants whose native language is not English
    • Qualifying scores:
      • Duolingo English Test: 120 or better
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 92 or better (internet-based test), 237 or better (computer-based test), pr 580 or better (paper-based test), or 92 or better (internet-based test)
      • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5 or better
      • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 82 or better
      • iTEP: 4.2 or better
    • If your scores are below those listed, applicants are encouraged to complete English as a Second Language course(s) and retake TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, or Duolingo scores before they apply to the program.
For all applicants seeking a US PT license:

We recommend using a foreign/international credentialing agency that accepts electronic documentation transfer (email, upload, etc). This will significantly reduce the time to have your documents evaluated and thus, get you to your goals sooner! While the tDPT coursework will assist toward the fulfillment of the educational requirements toward US licensure, it does not guarantee a US license. All Foreign-based PT’s seeking US PT licensure, must comply with all steps outlined by the FSBPT.

How to Apply

Apply by December 10, 2023 for only $40 (a savings of $45 from the regular fee)!

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

Rehab Essentials, Inc.
ATTN: Admissions Coordinator
1889 Tamarack Lane
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Email: jonathan@rehabessentials.com


All required materials must be postmarked no later than application deadline noted above in Key Dates. Spots are limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

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