Gannon University Adds Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Ruskin, Florida Campus

Posted: March 2, 2017

Gannon University announces a new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program to be offered at its Ruskin, Florida campus beginning summer 2017. The DPT program joins the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program with which the campus opened its doors in 2015.

The DPT program offered in Ruskin consists of 109 credits offered 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, five courses, Community Health Initiative I-V, 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 conferences.

"The goal of the Ruskin DPT program is to create autonomous physical therapists who participate in integrative and collaborative practice to facilitate high-quality health and educational outcomes," said Richard W. Johnson, P.T., Ed.D., the program's director. "Having had the experience of participating in two successful re-accreditation processes at another university, developing a satellite PT program and currently consulting with other developing programs, I feel confident that the program will become one of the pre- eminent accredited programs of choice."

Johnson also cited the qualifications of the faculty already in place for the program, Erin Conrad, DPT, assistant professor; William Conrad, DPT, associate professor; and Scott Love, DPT, assistant professor; as strengths of the Ruskin Campus' program going forward.

The DPT program at Gannon University's Erie, Pennsylvania campus has an outstanding record of student success. For the 2015-16 Academic Year, Gannon students achieved a 96% first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination and a 100-percent ultimate pass rate.

To accommodate the DPT program and future growth at the Ruskin campus, renovations are underway and plans are being considered for future construction. Current OTD enrollment at the campus exceeds 50 for the 2016-17 Academic Year.

 The Ruskin campus is located between Tampa and Sarasota on the western shore of Tampa Bay. Formally opened in August 2015, it is an innovative response to the increasing demand for high-quality graduate education in disciplines that serve the rapidly expanding healthcare sector of the Florida economy.

Applications are being accepted for the inaugural cohort of the Ruskin DPT program, beginning in summer 2017 here


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; phone; 703-706-
3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

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: 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 eventual accreditation. 

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