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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

Widener University undergraduate students who enroll in a pre-physical therapy pathway are presented with two program options with a reserved seat in Widener’s doctoral program. Undergraduates must choose one of the eleven academic majors: fine arts, anthropology, sociology, psychology, biology, chemistry, French, Spanish, gender & women’s studies, history, or mathematics. They also must take a specialized sequence of courses in one of the programs highlighted below.

Accelerated Reserved Seat 3+3 Program

High school seniors that apply to Widener University with exceptional high school transcripts who have performed well in science courses and on the SAT may be offered the accelerated reserved seat 3+3 program. This option reserves a spot for the student in Widener’s graduate physical therapy program. This option is only available to students majoring in anthropology, fine arts, psychology, sociology, and biology.

Undergraduates who are admitted to the graduate physical therapy program after their junior year are considered to be 3+3 students. The courses they take in their senior year count toward both their fourth undergraduate year and their first year of the graduate degree. Applications for the graduate program are completed in the fall of junior year. A baccalaureate degree is conferred upon successful completion of the first year of graduate study. After successfully finishing the graduate program, students earn their doctor of physical therapy degree.

Reserved Seat 4+3 Program

The majority of entering freshmen accepted into the pre-physical therapy pathway receive admission to the reserved seat 4+3 program. This reserves them a spot in Widener’s graduate physical therapy program and includes all of the same requirements and benefits as the 3+3 reserved seat admission program.

The 4+3 option allows students to complete all required courses for their academic major and all pre-requisite courses for the graduate program in four year. It provides a less intense class schedule for students as they finish undergraduate study in the traditional four-year span. Applications for the graduate program are completed in the fall of senior year.

Students in both the 3+3 and 4+3 program must also provide documentation of at least 40 hours of observation in a physical therapy facility under a licensed physical therapist.

Requirements to Hold the Reserved Seat:

  • Follow their prescribed program of study
  • Maintain the minimum GPA
  • Receive the minimum required grades in all pre-requisite courses
  • Meet all other requirements for admission to the graduate physical therapy program. This includes completing all pre-requisite courses at Widener University.

Traditional 4+3 Admissions Program

If you have not met the requirements of the reserved seat programs as an undergraduate but continue to demonstrate strong grades in the pre-requisite courses for the graduate program, students can apply through the traditional graduate admissions cycle.

If you did not apply as a pre-physical therapy students 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.