2019-20 Applicants

Widener University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Daniel Kiers, MEd
Graduate Admissions Support Specialist
Office of Graduate Studies & Extended Learning
Widener University
One University Place
Chester PA, 19013
(610) 499-4187
physicaltherapy@widener.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/30/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Program has articulation agreements for 3+3 arrangements with the following institutions: Cabrini, East Stroudsburg, Elizabethtown, Lock Haven, Juniata, Widener, and Wilkes. Some of the seat have been reserved for students entering from these programs.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
51
Anticipated size of next entering class
48
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
53%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
47%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
2%

Sex

% Male
35%
% Female
65%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy at Widener University program is a three year, full-time day program located in the Philadelphia region. The curriculum and culture of the Institute focuses on fostering DPT students in competency, character, and citizenship, preparing them for contemporary practice within a complex world.

Central to our program is our commitment to experiential learning, professional leadership, and civic engagement. We accomplish this through a variety of service learning projects, the community health practicum, our physical therapy student association, our student-run pro bono clinic, and optional international learning experiences. DPT students have the opportunity to engage in authentic learning experiences throughout the curriculum as well as embrace leadership opportunities within the student-run pro bono clinic, the program, and the profession. Come to Widener because you want to become a competent physical therapist of great character, ready to make a positive difference in society and the physical therapy profession. Visit: www.widener.edu/ipte to learn more!

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
12/02/2019
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Additional program and admissions information is available at http://sites.widener.edu/ptai/


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
* Early decision candidates to the program must have a minimum combined science GPA of 3.5 and minimum verbal and quantitative GRE scores above the 55th percentile rank.

* Applicants should also have a minimum of 100 hours of exposure to physical therapy practice in diverse settings and strong letters of recommendation.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Due by January 15 or two weeks after receipt of Acceptance Letter.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
All interviews must be in-person.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.52
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.56
Last 60 credits of Science GPA
3.00
3.39
Additional GPA 2 (defined by program)
3.00
3.69
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
We accept the last course taken for the prerequisite GPA and do not combine course for the calculation. If a course is repeated, we do not combine scores but use the chronological system of last course taken. We do consider post-bacceloreate and graduate level GPAs when they are available.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0091
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/30/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
07/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
152
Verbal reasoning % score
44%
58%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
152
Quantitative reasoning % score
44%
48%
Analytical writing scaled score
4.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE taken after this date can be submitted but those applications will only be reviewed if we have available space in the incoming class.

Observation Hours

 
Some hours spent in both outpatient and inpatient settings are preferred for all applicants.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
80
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements


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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
Three references are required. One must be from a Physical Therapist (not a physical therapy assistant). One must be from a professor and/or faculty member who can attest to your skills in the classroom. The third can be from any other source listed as acceptable who can effectively evaluate the any or all of the skills necessary to be a physical therapist.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy & Physiology I
It is highly recommended that a human anatomy and physiology sequence or human A and P I and II sequence be taken. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
It is highly recommended that a human anatomy and physiology sequence or human A and P I and II sequence be taken. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3.
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Any biology taken in the biology department. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Chemistry with lab. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry with lab. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
Courses that not labeled English Composition need to be identified as writing enriched course in order to meet this prerequisite. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Humanities
Humanities examples include: languages, music, dance, art, history, communications, political science, literature, religion, philosophy, ethics. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Humanities
Humanities examples include: languages, music, dance, art, history, communications, political science, literature, religion, philosophy, ethics. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Physics I
Non­calculus physics is acceptable, physics courses must cover the concepts of heat, light, sound, electricity, and motion. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Non­calculus physics is acceptable, physics courses must cover the concepts of heat, light, sound, electricity, and motion. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Social/Behavioral Science
A social science other than psychology is required. It can be in any social science, sociology or anthropology is recommended. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Statistics
Statistics course needs to include descriptive and inferential statistics. The most recent course completed will be considered the prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics