Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Graduates of Gannon University’s physical therapy program have a 100-percent job placement rate. Eleven graduates over the last three years have been accepted into residency programs following completion of Gannon’s DPT program.

  • Students in the Physical Therapy Classroom
  • GU Possibilities
    • Graduates of Gannon University’s physical therapy program have a 100- percent job placement rate.
    • 11 graduates over the last 3 years have been accepted into residency programs following completion of Gannon’s DPT program
    • Due to the array of health professional programs, DPT students have opportunities to participate in interprofessional education with other healthcare disciplines.
    • Students train in the Patient Simulation Center of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, the largest comprehensive patient simulation center in the region. The Patient Simulation Center uses a breakthrough, multidisciplinary approach, bringing students from a variety of fields together for collaborative learning. The Patient Simulation Center features 15 medium- and high-fidelity patient simulators, the most in the area.

    You Will Learn

    Academically, undergraduates in the pre-physical therapy program are well-prepared for acceptance into Gannon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the Erie campus. With the guidance of a PT faculty advisor, students follow a pre-physical therapy track that includes courses to fulfill the prerequisites needed for the DPT program. 

    Gannon offers a 3+3 guaranteed accelerated DPT program at the Erie campus for qualified students wishing to pursue a science or sport and exercise science degree. A 4+3 guaranteed program into the DPT graduate program at the Erie campus is also available for qualified students. The undergraduate four-year physical therapy program prepares students for admission to any accredited physical therapy school in the country, including Gannon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

    You Will Experience

    Once accepted in the DPT program, students will participate in a total of 40 weeks of clinical experiences. Four clinical experiences are scheduled throughout the three years of the graduate program. Each clinical experience provides the student with hands-on experiences working with patients. With more than 250 associated health care facilities across the US available, students are encouraged to travel outside northwest Pennsylvania to complete clinical experiences. Additionally, students have the opportunity to complete clinical experiences in a variety of settings including:

    • acute care  
    • home care      
    • outpatient (orthopedics, neurologic and sports medicine)
    • pediatrics  
    • rehabilitation  
    • skilled nursing facilities   

    You Will Achieve

    Physical therapists practice in a variety of settings. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • acute care hospitals   
    • home health agencies  
    • private physical therapy clinics  
    • public health agencies  
    • rehabilitation facilities  
    • school settings  
    • skilled nursing facilities  
    • a variety of other non-traditional settings including research and academia       

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Physical therapist $79,860  
    • Physical therapist assistant $39,430

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (  

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Three options are available for qualified students including:
    • Pre-physical therapy
    • 4+3 guaranteed admission
    • 3+3 guaranteed Doctor of Physical Therapy program
    Gannon undergraduate pre-physical therapy students may choose from an array of academic majors including biology, business administration, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, science, sport and exercise science and undecided health science.

    Seventy-five percent of the seats in Gannon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program are reserved for qualified Gannon undergraduate physical therapy students.


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