- Prospective pre-physical therapy students can choose one of five academic majors: anthropology, biology, fine arts, psychology, or sociology.
- The 3+3 Guaranteed-Seat Physical Therapy Track ensures high school seniors a seat in Widener's graduate physical therapy program. Courses taken during the fourth year count toward both the senior undergraduate year and the first year of the graduate degree.
- A majority of high school seniors accepted as freshmen into the pre-physical therapy program receive the 4+3 Guaranteed- Seat Physical Therapy Track, which still ensures a seat in Widener's graduate physical therapy program.
- Transfer students can apply for the pre-physical therapy program through the traditional 4+3 Admissions Program.
Pre-Physical Therapy Program Options
3+3 Guaranteed-Seat Physical Therapy Track
High school seniors that apply to Widener University as undergraduates and meet the minimum requirements are admitted to the graduate physical therapy program following your junior year at Widener. A baccalaureate degree in anthropology, biology, fine arts, psychology, or sociology is conferred upon successful completion of the first year of graduate study. After successful completion of the graduate program, students receive a doctoral degree in physical therapy.
Admissions Requirements for 3+3 Guaranteed-Seat Physical Therapy
Freshman with exceptional high school transcripts who have demonstrated strong performance in science courses and on the SAT may be offered the guaranteed 3+3 program.
- Guaranteed 3+3 students will submit an application to the graduate program in the fall of their junior year. They will need to provide only one letter of recommendation (from a licensed physical therapist) and will have the graduate program's GRE requirement waived.
- Throughout the first three years of undergraduate study, students must follow the prescribed program, maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. All pre-requisite courses for admission to the graduate physical therapy program must be completed with a minimum grade of B-.
The majority of entering freshmen accepted into the pre-physical therapy program receive the guaranteed 4+3 admission, which ensures them a seat in Widener's graduate physical therapy program. Applications for the graduate program are completed in the fall of senior year. All the requirements and benefits are the same as for the guaranteed 3+3; however, you'll complete all the required courses for your academic major and all the pre-requisite courses for the graduate program in four years, rather than three.
If you have not met the obligations of the guaranteed options, but continue to demonstrate strong grades in the pre-requisite courses for the graduate program, you can apply through the regular admissions cycle.
If you did not apply as a pre-physical therapy student as a senior in high school, but wish to pursue entry into the graduate physical therapy program through the 4+3 regular admissions program, you must complete the entire application process, including:
- 1. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
- 2. Three letters of recommendation.
Download the Pre-Physical Therapy Fact Sheet [pdf, 79k].