The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a professional program to prepare the next generation of physical therapists.
With each of the four clinical practice courses, you'll experience elevated expectations so you're ready for entry-level practice before graduation.
At Widener, you'll give back to the community by working at our interprofessional student-run pro bono clinic, the Chester Community Clinic, which provides compassionate and cost-effective physical therapy and occupational therapy care to uninsured and underinsured members of the Chester community.
Students will be enrolled full-time and will complete the coursework as a cohort.
The program will give students in depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy and prepare students to understand, correlate, and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy.
Expect to complete your degree in three years of full-time study, which includes three full-time clinical education experiences.
You will have the opportunity to give back to the community while participating in meaningful, hands-on practice with clients at our student-run pro-bono clinic beginning in your very first semester.
You will work and learn interprofessionally through collaboration with Widener's other human service profession programs including occupational therapy, clinical psychology, and social work. Widener Pre-Physical Therapy Pathway Freshmen with exceptional high school transcripts who have demonstrated strong performance in science courses and on the SAT may be offered a reserved seat in the 3 3 or 4 3 program.
These undergraduates are students in the College of Arts & Sciences, selecting one of several degree paths that help to prepare them for graduate study in physical therapy.
Enter with a PTA Associate's Degree Students who have earned an associate's degree in a physical therapy assistant program may transfer up to 60 credits to Widener University to complete their undergraduate degree in the Extended Learning divisions of the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Learning.
After completion of the undergraduate degree and all prerequisite courses, these students apply through the regular application process.