Physical therapy in action
The Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic serves as a place where Widener graduate students can gain valuable experience in their field, while offering a way to serve the public at the same time.
The clinic, led by physical therapy students, delivers free care to members of the community.
“The clinic is a really great experience, because we get to work with patients,” said Shelby Weiss, a student in the 3-by-3 program, which allows senior undergraduates to enter the three-year physical therapy graduate program.
“In the classroom, it’s mostly working with other students and working with our teachers. It’s a nice preparatory course because we’re going to be working with patients in real life, so it’s nice to do that. I also love that it’s a pro bono clinic, which means we’re providing these free services to people who need them,” Weiss said.
The graduate students are supervised by professionals in the field, most of whom are Widener alumni. The clinic, which opened in 2009, has served as a model for other universities that have sought to start similar programs.