• Institute for Physical Therapy Education

    • One University Place
    • Chester, PA 19013
    • tel: 610-499-1277
    • fax: 610-499-1231
  • Robin Dole, PT, DPT, EdD, PCS

  • Jeanne Nolan

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 who have had their benefits exhausted. Examination and intervention services are provided by Widener University DPT students who 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 and targeted fundraising events. We appreciate your donations. Give to the clinic.

Community Health Practicums

Students in the entry-level 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 Freedom Baptist Church After-School Program, Stinson Tower, and the Widener Child Development Center.

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 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.

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. This includes continuing education offerings at our Widener site, or in collaboration with one of our clinical site partners.

To learn more about collaborating with Widener, contact the program office at 610-499-1277.

The Institute also provides 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.