Institute for Physical Therapy Education
- One University Place
- Chester, PA 19013
- tel: 610-499-1277
- fax: 610-499-1231
Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD
- Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
- Professor of Physical Therapy
- Program Director & Associate Dean
- Program Secretary
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a rewarding career that offers people a high level of job satisfaction, numerous employment opportunities, and good salaries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that physical therapists’ employment is expected to grow 34% (much faster than average) by 2024.
The doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program at Widener University prepares competent clinicians for contemporary practice. Students participate in meaningful hands-on practice with patients and clients beginning in their very first semester. And they engage directly with faculty who are clinical experts and committed to student’s individual goals and aspirations.
Widener was one of the first 10 programs in the country to offer the clinical doctorate; now all accredited programs offer the DPT.
The reason physical therapy appealed to me was that it gave me the opportunity to help people while also allowing me to be a lifelong learner...The skills I learned in school and while in the field have provided me with the opportunity to help people through challenging periods of their lives.
Learning the ropes as a student board member of the (Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic) directly prepared me for the roles I have to take on in the Navy as a clinic manager and leader...If I hadn't had the experience of growing and managing a clinic at Widener, the learning curve would have been much steeper.
Associate Dean & Program Director Robin L. Dole talks about the 3 C's (competency, character, citizenship) of Widener's Institute for Physical Therapy Education.
Areas of Specialization
Physical therapists may specialize in a variety of different areas including:
- Acute care
- Cardiovascular and pulmonary*
- Clinical electrophysiology*
- Hand rehabilitation
- Manual therapy
- Women's health*
- Wound management
*recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities
- A&E Physical Therapy (Pennsylvania)
- All Children's Hospital (Florida)
- Aria Health (Pennsylvania)
- Bay Health (Delaware)
- Brooke Army Medical Center (Texas)
- Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation (Pennsylvania)
- Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)
- Christiana Care Home Health (Delaware)
- Genesis Rehabilitation (New Jersey)
- Good Shepherd Penn Partners (Pennsylvania)
- Magee Rehabilitation (Pennsylvania)
- NovaCare (New Jersey, Pennsylvania)
- Sports Training Physical Therapy (New Jersey)
- Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center (Nevada)
- Voorhees Pediatric Facility (New Jersey)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.