Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Philippines Licensed tDPT

The University of Montana is proud to partner with Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation School of Physical Therapy and Rehab Essentials to bring a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy program to Philippines-based students.  The University of Montana understands there is a discrepancy in cost of living and salaries in the PT profession internationally.  Recognizing this, the University of Montana accommodates and provides access to an affordable pathway for PT’s residing in the Philippines to acquire a DPT at a cost that is proportional to the market differential between the US and the Philippines.

A World-Class Program with Dr. Steve Tepper.

Earn an Advanced Degree from an Accredited University

The innovative, world-class curriculum is taught by the best and brightest faculty. The contemporary online format engages you from virtually anywhere, when you are ready, on your schedule and at your pace.  Plus, as a student, you will have direct access to these expert faculty and to a diverse, experienced peer group.

All but one course is online. Each course within the curriculum is designed to advance critical thinking to the doctorate level while building on clinical skills.


Elevating the Profession

As the saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” The UM tDPT program provides a critical career advancement pathway for therapists trained at Universities in the Philippines. Filipino physical therapists residing in the Philippines, faculty, or administrators holding a bachelor’s degree from a Filipino PT school can enroll to attain a DPT but continue to practice in the Philippines.  Plus, the University of Montana is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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

Key Dates

Application Deadline for Summer 2021 Semester: Postmarked by April 18, 2021
Semester Start Dates:
    Summer 2021 May 3, 2021
    Fall 2021 August 30, 2021
    Spring 2022 January 10, 2022



* we run 3 semesters a year, starting January, April, and August. We also offer an Accelerated Bachelors for Filipino Physical Therapists to tDPT, learn more here.


  • FEU-NRMF BS to DPT Adjustusted Tuition$7,500* (regular tuition $12,750)
  • Application Fee$85
  • Proctorio Fee$125
  • Graduation Fee$45

*$250 per credit. Payment option is available.


  • Online courses viewed across any platform and on your time.
  • Access to internationally-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


If you are seeking to attain a DPT:

  • Official transcript
  • Proof of residency in the Philippines. Residency in a qualifying country must be maintained for the entirety of the program to qualify for the adjusted tuition.
  • Copy of Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) issued PT license
  • English proficiency results no older than 2 years

**English proficiency 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:

Ms. Anna Rita Guanlao
School of Physical Therapy
Institute of Medicine Bldg
FEUNRMF Medical Center
Regalado Avenue, West Fairview,
Quezon City 1118
Tel number +632 983 5970
+ 632 427 0213 loc 1141

Email: tDPT@feu-nrmf.edu.ph


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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