PT Pintcast PT School of the Week: Widener University Institute of Physical Therapy Education


Congratulations to Widener University Institute of Physical Therapy Education on being selected as the PT Pintcast PT School of the week! If you would like to nominate your program, fill out the form here.

 Big thanks to current student Brittany Burkholder ([email protected]for nominating Widener University Institute of Physical Therapy Education!

Name of Program
Widener University Institute of Physical Therapy Education
Why is your program the best?
We started one of the first, if not the first, student run-student lead pro bono physical therapy clinics in the country. We get hands on experience day one with patients and get to use our knowledge in a hands on setting to apply it. Also, our professors are great!
What’s a strong point of your program? What’s something that makes it stand out from other programs?
The fact that we have a conference, now two! That we run ourselves as students! One is on our campus on the East coast for two days and the other is on the west coast at a host school!
What’s cool about your program?
We are a really close program and coming to class is actually fun and the professors are funny and personable and they don’t make it feel like a chore
What are the (approximate) stats, class sizes, # of faculty?
Around 40-50 students per 10 faculty
What’s the area around school like? Social scene? Recreation?
It is in Chester, Pa. It is the best area surrounding it but it gives us opportunity to go out and help people in the community and make sure they are safe and getting the care they need. As for a social scene and recreation, we have media and swarthmore and Philly all within 20 minute drives from us so it is a ton of fun when we have the time to do that!
What’s the school’s mascot?
The Widener Pride, so lions!
If you had a PT student who was on the fence about coming to your program, whats one thing you would point out to let them know why coming there would be a good choice?
The warmth and the intelligence of the faculty, they want nothing more than to see you succeed and if you work hard enough they will reward that and push for it, if you have a hard time they will help you and work with you, it’s really a family atmosphere
Best local beer:
Golden monkey from victory brewing company
Freestyle: Tell us anything else the PT world should know about your program.
We have a ton of fun, we will have spirit days to make us laugh when we are studying a lot and pull pranks on each other and our faculty and bring our secretaries food and it just a lot of fun in the chaos.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Where you’re from, year in school, what setting you want to practice in and anything else you want to add…
I’m from Lancaster Pa and went to undergrad at Lock Haven University, I’m a second year, almost third year student, and I’d love to practice in an acute care or inpatient rehab setting, with children if i could!
And, what made YOU specifically want to go there?
I would say the faculty, the PT pro bono clinic, and the location!

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