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  • Institute for Physical Therapy Education

  • Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD

    • Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
    • Professor of Physical Therapy
    • Program Director & Associate Dean
  • Jeanne Nolan


Admissions Information, Physical Therapy

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PTCAS Website

Submit your application, transcripts, references, and volunteer/work experiences to PTCAS.

We’re glad you made the decision to apply to the physical therapy program at Widener University. The path to earning a doctoral degree (DPT) is rigorous, but the rewards are great, as 98% (2012–2014) of our students gain employment after graduation day.

Admission will be restricted to students who demonstrate the capacity for graduate-level studies through performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a satisfactory grade point average (GPA) at the undergraduate level.

The GPA for combined science courses is expected to be at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and GRE scores should be at or near the 50th percentile for each section. Competitive students will have a combined science GPA of 3.5 or greater. Students also need to submit three letters of recommendation and complete the requisite observational experience in physical therapy.

Program Entry Options

Widener’s Pre-Physical Therapy Career Path

Freshmen with exceptional high school transcripts who have demonstrated strong performance in science courses and on the SAT may be offered a place in the guaranteed 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, including anthropology, biology, fine arts, psychology, and sociology.

  • Guaranteed students will submit an application to the graduate program in the fall of their junior (3+3) or senior (4+3) 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 time 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. All prerequisite coursework must be completed at Widener.

Enter with a Bachelor's Degree

Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from Widener or another university may apply to the program under the entry-level DPT track. Students entering under this option usually include recent graduates and students seeking a career change. Students are encouraged to contact the program early to assess the need for completion of prerequisite coursework, which includes:

  • Biology (3 semester hours)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (6 semester hours, as separate or combined courses)
  • Chemistry (8 semester hours)
  • Physics (6 semester hours)
  • Humanities (9 semester hours, including 3 semester hours of English composition)
  • Social Science (9 semester hours, including 6 semester hours of psychology)
  • Statistics (3 semester hours)

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 division 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.

Application Process

All applicants outside of the guaranteed program must apply to the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) website

Send all supplemental materials to:

Institute for Physical Therapy Education
Widener University
One University Center 
Chester, PA 19013

Application Deadline

The soft deadline is November 15 for all applicants who want to be considered in the regular admissions cycle. The hard deadline and close of applications is January 15 of the year in which you would be entering the program.

Applicants wishing to have the greatest consideration for an interview should apply as early as possible. Widener also participates in the PTCAS early decision process.

For more information, contact