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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
    • rldole@widener.edu
  • Jeanne Nolan

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Institute for Physical Therapy Education

Director and Associate Dean

robin dole

Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

A key feature of our program is our students' relationship with our faculty. All of our full-time faculty are active clinical specialists, researchers, and leaders in the physical therapy profession. At Widener, we see ourselves as lifetime mentors for our students and graduates.

Widener’s Institute for Physical Therapy Education (IPTE) is a prestigious three-year doctoral program that includes well-established relationships with top healthcare facilities in the Philadelphia area, leading to employment opportunities.

Students graduate as exceptionally competent clinicians ready to take on entry-level positions in any type of setting. The variety, depth, and breadth of exposure to clinical practice, including the Community Health Practicum and Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic, position graduates from Widener to excel. 

Clinical internship mentors and employers speak highly of our graduates’ evidence-based clinical decision-making skills and their ability to relate compassionately and professionally with patients, clients, families, and healthcare personnel.

Points of Pride

  • Graduation Rate (2011–2013): 88%
  • National Physical Therapy Exam Pass Rate (2011–2013): 95%
  • Employment Rate (2012–2014): 98%
  • Student Participation in Community Service: 100%

Mission

The mission of the Institute for Physical Therapy Education of Widener University is to graduate clinically competent physical therapists that demonstrate exemplary character and assume the responsibilities of citizenship. (Watch video on 3 C’s of the Widener’s Physical Therapy program)

  • Clinically competent graduates manifest the authentic knowledge and skills of the physical therapy profession engaging in evidence-based practice, life-long learning, and autonomous decision-making.
  • The character traits of our graduates enable them to internalize values that support ethical behavior, compassion, and respect for cultural traditions.
  • Graduates, as responsible citizens, collaborate to enhance healthcare delivery, to empower clients and families, and to contribute to the profession, community, and society.

Civic Engagement at Widener

Civic engagement is central to a Widener education. While studying physical therapy, our students have the chance to make a real impact in the Chester community through special programs and services. For example, the Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic provides services to underserved and underinsured populations. The clinic also serves as a training ground for a new generation of physical therapists.

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The Institute for Physical Therapy Education at Widener University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.