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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


Special Programs, Physical Therapy

Program Highlight

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Run Like a Colorful Fool

Physical therapy students organize a “5K colorful run” every year to benefit the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. The student-run clinic provides pro bono care to underserved and uninsured individuals in Chester and surrounding communities. See photos.

Widener provides innovative curricula for its students in the classroom, but it also provides opportunities to expand learning outside of the classroom.

At the Institute for Physical Therapy Education, this includes hosting conferences and professional education opportunities for students and practitioners, as well as health practicums and mobility clinics for the community.

Community Health Practicums

Students in the entry-level doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program lead sustainable physical activity and health education programming on a weekly basis in the Chester community. These ongoing programs occur at several community locations, including the Chester Eastside Ministries, Freedom Baptist Church After-School Program, Stinson Tower, and the Widener Child Development Center. This portion of the DPT curriculum provides an opportunity for students to engage with clients in our local community as well as to provide peer mentorship to each other.

Martin Luther King Mobility Clinics 

Each year, in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day of Service, the Institute's faculty and students hold mobility clinics throughout the Chester area at community and residential locations. Second-year DPT students practice supervisory skills as they mentor first-year DPT students in the examination and evaluation of mobility equipment. Community residents can bring their mobility devices to the clinic for cleaning and basic maintenance.

Unique Education Opportunities

Professional Conferences

The Institute hosts a variety of conferences and professional education opportunities for practicing physical therapists. This includes continuing education offerings at our Widener site, or in collaboration with one of our clinical site partners.

Pro Bono Network

Students and faculty also provide support for the Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network, which holds a student-led conference and networking event for physical therapy students and faculty involved in student-run pro-bono clinics.

Physical Therapy Pro Bono Honor Society

Within the network of physical therapy programs that belong to the Physical Therapy Pro Bono Network exists the opportunity for institutions and students to join the National Physical Therapy Pro Bono Honor Society hosted by the IPTE at Widener. Institutions who become members establish criteria for their students to achieve in order to become inducted into this special honor society. Students are recognized at their respective graduations and programs wishing to start new pro bono clinics can apply for modest grants.