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Physical therapists in Montana can earn $87,000 a year, according to Indeed.com. This average income is just four percent lower than the national average, and when combined with the low cost of living in the state – it makes for a pretty big payoff for those who are trained in the field.

The state that was nicknamed "The Treasure State" has several educational requirements for individuals who live in the state and wish to practice physical therapy. In the following information, we'll explain how to get the education and the information you need to get a career as a physical therapist in Montana.

PT Education Programs in Montana

Montana state offers several education programs that are designed to help individuals (who wish to practice physical therapy in the state) achieve their goals. Individuals who wish to attain a degree may attend one of the seven accredited PT education programs in the state. PT programs in the state can last anywhere from three years to six and a half years. Six year PT programs in Montana start at a freshman level and offer both professional fieldwork and academic coursework.

Accelerated DPT Program in Montana

The state of Montana offers one accredited PT program that allows students to earn their Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). The program lasts for 33 months. This DPT program is accredited by the CAPTE or the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. In order to be admitted into the program, students must provide proof of attaining a Bachelor's degree, taking the prerequisite courses, achieving the minimum grade point average and completing CPR certification. Five of the seven PT programs in Missouri take three years and require prerequisite work, a Bachelor's degree, completion of the GREs (along with test scores), a minimum GPA, letters of recommendation and sufficient knowledge of the field.

PT Licensing in Montana

Graduates who have received their Master's or Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy can apply to the Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for their license to practice within the state. The requirements to receive a Montana license to practice physical therapy include:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must pay $100 application fee
  • Must provide a completed application form
  • Must pass both the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) AND the Montana Physical Therapy jurisprudence exam.

PT Testing in Montana

Montana physical therapists are required to pass two tests before becoming certified to practice PT in the state.

The state's jurisprudence test can be found in the license application packet to be completed and turned in along with the application. Graduates must receive at least a 90 percent score on the Montana Physical Therapy jurisprudence exam in order to pass. In order to receive a license to practice PT in the state, applicants will need to receive a passing score, otherwise they will be charged a $25 fee for each retake.

Montana residents who are applying for their PT license must also pass the nationally-recognized NPTE. The exam may be taken at local Sylvan Learning Centers. Those taking the exam will need to pay a testing fee of $370, as well as, a $70.60 fee for the computerized examination services. Individuals who receive a score of 600 or higher will have completed the necessary requirements to receive their license to practice physical therapy in the state.