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Pre-Physical Therapy Transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula

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Physical therapy is a health care profession concerned with the rehabilitation of individuals who have limitations resulting from pathological, surgical, or traumatic conditions. The profession is also concerned with health, wellness and prevention of disability in an effort to promote maximal use of an individual’s capacities and reduce their risk of illness. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and skin disorders. Exercise and physical agents, such as heat, cold, light, electricity, and massage are used to promote healing, relieve pain, maintain or restore strength, and improve joint range of motion and functional capabilities.

Physical therapy is practiced in diverse settings, including hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, sports medicine programs, public schools, and private practices. Legislation in Montana permits direct public access to physical therapists for evaluation and treatment without a physician referral. Even so, physical therapists remain committed to functioning as an integral member of the health care team.

Physical therapy programs have evolved to be professional programs earning a Doctorate Degree. Students wishing to apply to the professional physical therapy program at The University of Montana - Missoula may select any major for their undergraduate degree as long as they have the noted prerequisites successfully completed. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a traditional letter grade and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. For specific lower division requirements that will be needed at other professional physical therapy programs consult the website of a school that may be of interest to you.

Associate of Science Degree

Suggested course of study for a transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula:

First Year

Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 17

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 14

Second Year

Total Credits: 61

1 PSYX 230  is recommended but PSYX 240 , PSYX 260 , or SOCI 101  would also be acceptable prerequisites.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Strongly Recommended Course:
BIOM 250 Microbiology for Health Sciences  Credit(s): 4*


  • To be eligible to apply to the professional physical therapy program, a student can complete any Bachelor’s program as long as the following prerequisites have been completed: Natural Science, Statistics and Behavioral Social Sciences.
  • To be eligible to apply to the professional physical therapy program, students are required to have 80 hours of observation with a licensed physical therapist. Students may want to pursue these hours during their prerequisite course of study.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or a Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor Faculty Advisor
Russ Lamson Janice Heil, M.A.                      Julie Robertson, M.S.              
LRC 129 BC 123-C BC 123-D
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3373 (406) 756-3620

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students may earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for some transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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