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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Dean's Office
    • Kapelski, Room 209
    • tel: 610-499-4343
    • fax: 610-499-4605

Program Options, Pre-Physical Therapy

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 their 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.

Requirements for 3+3 Guaranteed-Seat Physical Therapy 

Freshmen 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 3.3 or greater. All prerequisite courses for admission to the graduate physical therapy program must be completed with a minimum grade of B.

4+3 Guaranteed-Seat Physical Therapy Track

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 prerequisite courses for the graduate program in four years, rather than three.

Traditional 4+3 Admissions Program

If you have not met the obligations of the guaranteed options as an undergraduate but continue to demonstrate strong grades in the prerequisite courses for the graduate program, you can apply through the traditional graduate 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 application process.