• 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


Doctor of Physical Therapy

Why Widener?

clinical experience

Clinical Experiences That Build Competence and Confidence

Students can expect to complete their degree after three years of full-time study, which includes four clinical education experiences under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Our graduate program prepares competent clinicians who are ready to hit the ground running after graduation.

give back

Opportunities to Give Back

Widener allows students to give back to their community by being involved in the Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic. The student-run pro bono clinic offers physical therapy services to individuals who would otherwise be unable to receive them, and serves as a national model for student-led and student-staffed pro bono clinics.

high rate of employment

High Rate of Employment

Students receive their doctoral degree from a program with long-established relationships among the leading healthcare providers in the region, opening the doors to physical therapy jobs. From 2012 to 2014, the employment rate for Widener DPT graduates was 98%.

  • chrisopher m. carroll '14
  • scott cheney '13
  • richard greenfield '12
  • pari armat '13
chrisopher m. carroll '14

Christopher M. Carroll


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.

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scott cheney '13

Scott M. Cheney


With excellent facilities, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and opportunities outside the classroom, [Widener] cannot be beat.

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richard greenfield '12

Richard T. Greenfield Jr.


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.

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pari armat '13

Pari Armat


Besides the professional skills that I gained, as a person who came from overseas, Widener assisted me in understanding the American culture, especially in health care.

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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*
  • Geriatrics*
  • Hand rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema
  • Manual therapy
  • Neurology*
  • Oncology*
  • Orthopedics*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports*
  • Women's health*
  • Wound management

*recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities

Recent Employers

  • 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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.