Gannon Celebrates National Physical Therapy Month

Posted: October 30, 2018
Gannon University has celebrated National Physical Therapy Month to recognize the contributions made by physical therapists, and also each of the alumni included in the physical therapy programs here at Gannon University, in Erie, PA and Ruskin, FL.
During the month of September, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) faculty, which includes two new members Jonathan Ulrich and Matt Caster, and students' class of the 2021, assisted in the French Creek Clean-up, Presque Isle Marathon, BNI Beast on the Bay, and Team Hope Walk for Huntington's Disease. DPT faculty and students in class of 2019 and 2020, had participated at the Springhill Living Center in Fall Prevention Day.
September 16-19, 2018, the DPT faculty, students and also alumni took part in the CAPTE Re-accreditation site visit, which included 2 years of hard work on the faculties' behalf. However, this visit was highly successful, and the final results will be available in the spring of 2019.

 

Saturday, October 6, 2018, we celebrated our Alumni during Homecoming weekend. The University celebrated the 25th anniversary of PT's graduating from Gannon. Alumni represented classes dating back to 1998 along with recent graduates from 2018. Ryan Carlisle (DPT 2010) received a special recognition as the "Distinguished Young Alum of the Year."
"It is so rewarding to witness the students' mastery and understanding of how the human body moves, and then watch the students' passion grow for the profession that I love," Kristine Legters; Associate Dean, GU Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, Chair/Associate Professor and Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, says, "It is the best profession in the world, with endless possibilities for a lifelong career. I am grateful to be a part of those students' making a difference in the lives of others through this profession."

 

With 180 students enrolled, Gannon University's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in Erie, is one of the largest at the University.
The DPT program at Gannon University's Erie, Pennsylvania campus has an outstanding record of student success. For the 2016-17 Academic Year, Gannon students achieved a 93% overall pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination (NPTE).

 

Ruskin, Fl.- "The student physical therapy association that we have down here in Ruskin has really tried to drive home the aspect of community involvement and being positive influencers of our community," Brock Labelle says, "a trait we think is very beneficial for a physical therapist to have. This belief is what has guided our fundraisers in that direction."
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, was "Pink Day," which was where the student body was able to attend class wearing their best pink attire along with a minimum $2 donation. The profits made will be donated to a Florida based non-profit breast cancer foundation for the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

 

The first year PT class along with the second year PT class are both competing in a Loose Change for Christmas fundraiser/competition. Change collection jars will be placed in the school, one bucket for each the first year PT class and the second year PT class. Both classes will be competing against each other to raise the most money. This competition will go through November. Upon completion the money will be counted and donated to Ruskin Elementary to help them buy school supplies and anything necessary for their school.