2013-14 Applicants

Widener University


This page is intended for applicants to the graduate DPT program only. Individuals interested in the guaranteed 3+3 and 4+3 programs for pre-physical therapy preparation should contact Widener University Undergraduate Admissions at 610-499-4126.

Contact Information more...

Marybeth Muschelli
Admissions Secretary
Institute for Physical Therapy Education
Widener University - Cottee Hall
One University Place
Chester PA, 19013
(610) 499-4272
(610) 499-1277
physicaltherapy@widener.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/01/2014
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.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
50
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
62%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
38%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is three years in length. Widener was one of the first 10 programs in the country to offer this degree, now nearly all programs offer the DPT. The curriculum is designed to prepare competent clinicians for contemporary practice. The program was established with firm beliefs that individual and cultural differences bring important variety to perspectives on health, illness and disability.

Outcomes of health interventions are influenced by the behavior of practitioners as well as patients, families and significant others. The contemporary clinician utilizes this knowledge to enhance the autonomy of the consumer, reach realistic functional goals, and demonstrate respect for the individual.

The program educational methods are based on adult education principles, which are both progressive and humanistic. The curriculum espouses beliefs in the learner as a self-directed adult ready to initiate learning and assume responsibility for learning. The faculty guides these learning experiences and provides opportunities for a variety of experiential, interactive and self-directed learning experiences.

Students provide an integral part of the learning adventure by establishing patterns for lifelong acquisition and integration of new knowledge. Students in physical therapy are expected to be highly motivated and committed to the profession.

A key component of the educational experience at Widener is our commitment to experiential learning and civic engagement. We accomplish this through a variety of service learning projects, the community health practicum, and our student-led and student-run probono clinic. Visit www.widener.edu/ipte to learn more!

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/15/2013
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
1/15/2014
Program has rolling admissions process?
Other
Important dates
We have accepted "Student for a Day" events throughout the fall and early spring. These events will be invitation only.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.50
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.56
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The program factors in the most recent prerequisite course that meets our requirements when computing the prerequisite GPA for science courses and for social science/humanities courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0091
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
01/15/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
01/15/2009
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
146
150
Verbal reasoning % score
31%
44%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
148
151
Quantitative reasoning % score
44%
56%
Analytical writing scaled score
4.0
 

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
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
11/15/2013
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Link to Widener Transcript Analysis Form
http://www.widener.edu/academics/schools/shsp/physical_therapy/_docs/PT_transcript_analysis_2012.pdf

Link to Widener Applicant Survey
http://www.widener.edu/academics/schools/shsp/physical_therapy/_docs/PT_applicant_survey.pdf

Forms can also be obtained by clicking the link below.
Supplemental Requirements
Widener Transcript Analysis Form
Widener Applicant Survey
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-11-15
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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
Recommendation letters may be from former professors, professional colleagues or physical therapist with whom you worked as a volunteer or employer. Of the three references, one must be from a Physical Therapist and one must be from a professor and one can be from any other source. Do not use family members or family friends as reference sources.

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 institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Coursework taken outside of the United States must be evaluated by an appropriate coursework evaluation company. Such an evaluation must show that the coursework is equivalent to a bachelor's degree conferred in the United States in addition to having all prerequisite coursework completed.

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?
Yes
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.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3.
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • 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.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3.
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • Writing
Humanities
1 of 2 courses in Humanities required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Humanities
2 of 2 courses in Humanities required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
Physics I
Non-calculus physics is acceptable, physics courses must cover the concepts of heat, light, sound, electricity, and motion.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Non-calculus physics is acceptable, physics courses must cover the concepts of heat, light, sound, electricity, and motion.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
A social science other than psychology is required. It can be in any social science, sociology or anthropology is recommended.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics