The mission of the Institute for Physical Therapy Education of Widener University is to graduate clinically competent physical therapists who demonstrate exemplary character and assume the responsibilities of citizenship. 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.
Three-year Full-time Program
Widener offers a three-year full-time program leading to the clinical doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT).
The DPT is the preferred degree in physical therapy education, according to the American Physical Therapy Association.
Widener was one of the first 10 programs in the country to offer this degree, now nearly all accredited programs offer the DPT. Widener's program prepares the next generation of physical therapists to meet the American Physical Therapy Association's Vision; "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."
Widener's program was granted its initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in May of 1996 and re-accredited in 2006. We have offered the doctor of physical therapy degree since 2000.