Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Earn your Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana.

Partnering with an accredited university

Rehab Essentials has partnered with the University of Montana (UMt) to offer a cost-effective transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree program that allows working professionals to complete the degree on their terms, on-line and on their time. Each course within the curriculum is designed to advance critical thinking to the doctorate level while building on clinical skills.

A transitional degree that maintains a life balance

Continuing to the doctoring level should not come at a sacrifice to family, career, or personal wellness. The tDPT degree at UMt allows you to balance work, life, and career advancement to help you achieve your professional goals. Courses are online and on your time. You can view and review them anytime within a 15-week semester. Course assignments can be completed any time prior to the deadline and an active discussion forum promotes peer review, professional growth, networking and collaboration to improve your delivery of patient care. All but one course is online. There is only one on-site seminar held in Missoula, MT. This on-site seminar is one weekend long and allows for face-to-face connection with faculty members and enhances your opportunities for personal networking with classmates.

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Elevating the Profession

As the saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” The UMt tDPT program provides a critical career advancement pathway for therapists trained at CAPTE accredited schools as well as foreign Universities. Foreign-trained therapists looking to meet license requirements can take any single tDPT course to meet deficiencies for credentialing. Enrollment is also open to foreign-practicing therapists looking to attain a DPT but continue to practice in their native country.

Pathways to success

The e-learning education format allows Bachelor’s and Master’s educated physical therapists to advance to the doctoral degree while keeping in mind the budgetary and time constraints of a working health professional.



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


  • BS to DPT$12,750*
  • MS to DPT$8,500*
  • Application Fee$80
  • Proctorio Fee$125
  • Graduation Fee$40

*425 per credit. Payment option is available


  • Online courses viewed across any platform and on your time.
  • Access to nationally-recognized subject matter experts
  • Only one weekend on campus is required
  • 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

How to Apply

Offered by UMT in collaboration with Rehab Essentials

Cohort begins January, April, and August for the upcoming cohort

Review Requirements

The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree is conveyed by University of Montana upon successful completion of program requirements.