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Special Programs

Opened in September 2009, the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic is a student-led pro-bono clinic developed to serve the physical therapy needs of our surrounding community – specifically for those without insurance coverage or those that have had their benefits exhausted. Examination and intervention services are provided by Widener University DPT students that are supervised by Pennsylvania licensed physical therapists, many of whom are Widener alumni.

The clinic relies on donations from alumni, community, and friends as well as external grant support. We appreciate your donations. Give to the clinic.

Community Health and Wellness Practicums

Students in the entry-level DPT program lead sustainable physical activity and health education programming on a weekly basis in the Chester Commmunity. These ongoing programs occur at the Freedom Baptist Church After-School Program, Stinson Tower, and the Widener Child Development Center. Students rotate through all of these sites in their first year.

At the completion of the first year, students commit to one site and are mentored by third-year DPT students to successfully lead the program. This portion of the DPT curriculum provides an opportunity for the 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 to commemorate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Institute's faculty and students hold clinics throughout the Chester area at community and residential locations. Third-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.

Faculty members coordinate and supervise the event, which occurs in conjunction with Widener University's Martin Luther King Day of Service. 

Unique Education Opportunities

Professional Conferences

The Institute hosts a variety of conferences and professional education opportunities for practicing physical therapists. These include the Martin Luther King Leadership Conference and the Teaching and Learning Conference.

Certificate Options

Students in the entry-level DPT program can elect a certificate track in addition to the requirements to achieve their DPT degree. Current options are listed below. Students should indicate their desire to do so no later than the end of the Fall semester of the first year in the program.

In order to assist students in making this decision, various speakers may be invited to present information during Professional Seminars in the fall of the first year. Information on the specific courses that are required for each certificate can be obtained from the IPTE office. These are additional tuition fees for these certificates.

  • Healthcare Management (HCM) Certificate
  • Special Education/Assistive Technology (SPED) Certificate