Gannon University’s Ruskin Campus Adds Programs, Builds on Strengths
Posted: February 28, 2017
The addition of new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Master
of Athletic Training (MAT) programs to the existing Occupational
Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is evidence of Gannon University's
commitment to graduate education in the rehabilitative sciences at
its Ruskin, Florida campus.
Gannon University has long been acknowledged for its strength in
the rehabilitative sciences at its Erie, Pennsylvania campus. The
new programs in Florida hope to build on that strength by providing
the opportunity for students to receive a high-quality graduate
education in disciplines that are much in demand in Florida's
rapidly expanding healthcare economy.
The DPT program in Ruskin consists of 109 credits over nine
semesters in a curriculum that is both innovative and personalized.
The curriculum includes 40 weeks of full-time clinical education
experiences split into four different experiences that begin after
only three semesters of classroom work. Students will also have the
opportunity to travel for clinical education experiences.
In addition, courses provide students with hands-on
service-learning experiences with a network of community partners.
Ruskin DPT students will work alongside expert faculty on clinical
and community research projects and will be encouraged to attend,
participate and present research projects at national and state
The Ruskin MAT program offers a two-year postgraduate degree for
individuals who have already completed their bachelor's degree, and
incorporates didactic and clinical education experiences necessary
to prepare them to become certified athletic trainers through the
Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The program's
comprehensive curriculum has been designed to integrate formal
classroom instruction, online coursework and hands-on clinical
According to the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic
Training Education (CAATE), Gannon University is the only
institution of higher learning to offer MAT programs on campuses in
two different states.
For the 2016-17 Academic Year, enrollment in the OTD program,
with which the campus was formally opened in 2015, exceeds 50
students. It is one of only three programs accredited by the
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to offer the OTD
degree in Florida.
To accommodate the three programs and growth at the
Ruskin campus, renovations are underway and plans are being
considered for future academic programs and for the construction of
facilities to house them.
Florida is America's third most populous state, a place where
the population of both older persons and school-age persons is
growing, offering a dual opportunity for both student recruitment
and community service with the Ruskin campus as its base.
Effective November 23, 2016, the Doctor of Physical Therapy
program at Gannon University, Ruskin Campus has been granted
Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax
Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a
pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the
program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate
students in the technical/professional courses. Candidate for
Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure
Gannon University, Ruskin, Florida, is currently seeking
accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training
Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study
to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2018.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy
Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314;
3245; email@example.com is necessary for eligibility to sit
for the licensure examination, which is required in all