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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


Institute for Physical Therapy Education

Video Highlight

Mission of the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic

Interim Associate Dean and Program Director Jill Black discusses the mission of the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. Watch video.

Video Highlight

Widener Students Help Patient Walk Again

In Widener's pro bono clinic, students are helping patients like William Beachem regain their mobility and restore their lives. Watch video.

Widener’s Institute for Physical Therapy Education (IPTE) is a prestigious three-year doctoral program that includes well-established relationships with top health care 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 health care personnel.

Points of Pride

  • Graduation Rate Class of 2018: 90%
  • Ultimate National Physical Therapy Exam Pass Rate Class of 2018: 100%
  • Employment Rate Class of 2018: 100%
  • Student Participation in Community Service: 100%


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 health care 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.

Apply online via PTCAS.

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:; website:

If needing to contact the department/institution directly, please call 610-499-1277 or email