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  • Institute for Physical Therapy Education

    • Cottee Hall
    • tel: 610-499-1277
    • fax: 610-499-1231
  • Jill D. Black, PT, DPT, EdD

    • Interim Associate Dean and Program Director
    • Cottee Hall, Room 115
    • tel: 610-499-1277
  • Lauren Naylor

    • Graduate Admissions Support Specialist
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 120
    • tel: 610-499-4188


Essential Functions, Physical Therapy

In compliance with Title III of the Federal Americans Disabilities Act of 1990, this page includes a list of essential functions for students in the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program at Widener University.  These essential functions are applicable in both the educational and clinical settings. Essential functions are defined as those skills that all physical therapy students must have the capacity to complete with or without reasonable accommodations.

Please read this information carefully. As an accepted student in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education at Widener University, it is your responsibility to declare a disability with reasonable notice, if you desire that reasonable accommodations be made.


The student must have the mental and physical capacity to:

  • Receive, remember, analyze, interpret, and synthesize information.
  • Pay attention to multiple tasks throughout the day of scheduled classes.
  • Organize information to make decisions.


The student must have the mental and physical capacity to:

  • Move within the educational environments (class, clinic, library, etc.).


The student must have the mental and physical capacity to:

  • Complete evaluation and treatment procedures to include, but not limited to, observation, palpation, lifting, and pushing.
  • Attend class.
  • Meet deadlines for assignments, practical examinations, and written examinations.
  • Complete clinical experiences established by the Physical Therapy program.
  • Supervise physical therapist assistants and aides.

If you are unable, or suspect you may be unable, to complete any of the essential functions listed above with or without reasonable accommodations, the program director must be informed in writing.