2019-20 Applicants

Gannon University - Erie


This page is intended for applicants completing their college degrees or who have graduated. High school students should contact Gannon's Undergraduate Admissions office. Gannon University undergraduate students DO NOT APPLY THROUGH PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Erin Bogda
Assistant Director, Office of Graduate Admissions
Gannon University
DPT Program
109 University Square
Erie PA, 16541
(814) 871-7474
graduate@gannon.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/26/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Catholic, Diocesan University
Additional information about the class profile
Gannon University Erie Campus DPT program gives preference to qualified Gannon undergraduate applicants. Annually, approximately 50% of the cohort is comprised of external applicants.
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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
56%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
4%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
50%
% Female
50%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
2%
% Asian
6%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
88%
% Two or More Races
2%

Program Description more...

Gannon University Erie campus offers an entry level DPT program after the completion of 33 months of study (including summers). Building on the study of normal structure and function, the curriculum plan uses a theoretical base to build courses and learning experiences which prepare the student for the contemporary practice of physical therapy. Beginning with basic sciences, followed by clinical and physical therapy sciences, systems-based sequencing of the movement systems of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary and integumentary are presented. Elements of the patient/client management model including examination, evaluation, physical therapy differential diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes are integrated into each of the clinical science courses. Both clinical science and research content are framed within an evidence based practice format, utilizing current scientific research in conjunction with clinical experience for a specific patient/client problem within the physical therapists’ scope of practice. Concepts between and within each course are cumulative, competency based, and continued enrollment depends upon mastery and use of previous concepts. Practical clinical experiences are integrated into the academic program to allow immediate application of didactic material. The Director of Clinical Education assigns students to clinical sites, based on student needs and learning goals. In addition to sites in the Erie and western Pennsylvania areas, the program offers over 300 clinical experiences at sites throughout the country. This enables the student to have the opportunity to practice with a culturally diverse client population and learn various physical therapy approaches from experienced clinicians.

MISSION

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Gannon University facilitates holistic patient/client-centered management related to movement, function and health. We prepare our graduates to be knowledgeable, service-oriented, reflective practitioners. Our graduates render evidence based, professional judgments concerning patient/client needs by virtue of critical thinking, interprofessional collaboration, lifelong learning, and ethical principles. They possess the intellect, psychomotor proficiency, leadership capabilities, and core values to meet the current and future needs of the profession, the health care system, and society.

OUTCOMES

Our students at graduation will be competent in patient/client centered care management for body functions, activity and participation related to movement, function and health.

Our students at graduation will demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior in all aspects of the educational, community and clinical setting.

Our students at graduation will incorporate evidence based practice in clinical decision making.

Our students at graduation will be skilled in educating, collaborating, and communicating with patients/clients, caregivers, colleagues, payers and policy makers.

CURRICULUM

1st Semester - Fall
GDPT 811 Applied Anatomy 2
GDPT 818 Foundations in Human Movement 6
GDPT 814 Evidence-Based Practice 1 2
GDPT 815 Essentials of Physical Therapy Practice 2
GDPT 816 Community Health Initiative 1 1
GDPT 817 Pathology 3
Total 16 credits

2nd Semester - Spring
GDPT 810 Health Care Systems & Policy 1 2
GDPT 822 Examination, Evaluation & Intervention for Musculoskeletal Movement Dysfunction of the Extremities 9
GDPT 825 Examination, Evaluation & Intervention for Musculoskeletal Movement Dysfunction of the Spine 4
GDPT 826 Community Health Initiative 2 1
GDPT 890 Pharmacology 1
Total 17 credits

3rd Semester - Summer
GDPT 830 Health Care Systems & Policy 2 2
GDPT 831 Foundations in Geriatrics 2
GDPT 832 Clinical Experience 1 (10 weeks) 5
Total 9 credits

4th Semester - Fall
GDPT 821 Examination, Evaluation & Intervention for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Movement Dysfunction 1 2
GDPT 841 Foundations in Pediatrics 4
GDPT 843 Examination, Evaluation, & Intervention for Neuromuscular Movement Dysfunction 1 4
GDPT 848 Neuroscience 5
GDPT 847 Clinical Synthesis 1 1
GDPT 844 Evidence-Based Practice 2 1
Total 17 credits

5th Semester - Spring
GDPT 823 Examination, Evaluation & Intervention for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Movement Dysfunction 2 3
GDPT 850 Health Care Systems & Policy 3 2
GDPT 853 Examination, Evaluation, & Intervention for Neuromuscular Movement Dysfunction 2 9
GDPT 854 Evidence-Based Practice 3 & Guidance 2
GDPT 856 Community Health Initiative 3 1
Total 17 credits

6th Semester - Summer
GDPT 862 Clinical Experience 2 (10 weeks) 5
GDPT 867 Clinical Synthesis 2 1
GDPT 860 Health Care Systems & Policy 4 1
GDPT 866 Community Health Initiative 4 1
Total 8 credits

7th Semester - Fall
GDPT 873 Examination, Evaluation, & Intervention for Integumentary & Multi-System Movement Dysfunction 4
GDPT 870 Health Care Systems & Policy 5 2
GDPT 872 Clinical Experience 3 (8 weeks) 4
Elective 2-3
Total 12-13 credits

8th Semester - Spring
GDPT 882 Clinical Experience 4 (12 weeks) 6
GDPT 887 Clinical Synthesis 3 2
GDPT 886 Community Health Initiative 5 1
Elective 2-3
Total 11-12 credits
Total credits 108-109

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

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
3.50
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No
University GRE code
2270

Observation Hours

 
PT hours are recommended to better ensure the applicant's understanding of the breadth of the profession. They are not considered in the application evaluation.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
200
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?
No
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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
In addition to an academic reference and a health care professional reference, a character reference is required.

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
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Evidence of English-language proficiency for academic purposes for students whose native language is not English and who want to begin their coursework for their degree upon arrival, may submit TOEFL scores, ELS Language Center level 112, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, or a minimum Pearson Tests of English score of 53.

TOEFL iBT – Minimum score of 80 for all applicants from non-English speaking countries.

English translation is required for original foreign transcripts.

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
Anatomy and Physiology Courses must be completed at a four year degree granting institution and be an upper division course number. If the applicant has concerns about the course submitted, please submit a course syllabus for consideration by the Gannon Admissions Committee.

NOTE: All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 30 in year of enrollment.

A maximum of 6 Master's degree credits may be accepted for transfer as elective credits, if a grade of B or higher were achieved and based on program director approval.
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
An upper level (200 level or above) human anatomy and physiology course is required. Human anatomy and physiology is the foundation of physical therapist's understanding of human movement dysfunction. Cadaver dissection is strongly recommended. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
An upper level (200 or above) Anatomy and Physiology course is required. Human anatomy and physiology is the foundation of physical therapist's assessment of human movement dysfunction. Cadaver dissection is strongly recommended. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology II
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
The examination of the human physiologic function and response to exercise is critical. Acute and chronic effects of various training/exercise programs are examined for their contributions to the improvement of performance in physical activity. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Behavioral or social science courses at a 200 level or above meet this requirement. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics