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    Nash Library

     Nash Library

    Large-scale renovations to Nash Library began at the conclusion of the 2015-16 Academic Year. This modernization project will create new entrances on W. Sixth and W. Seventh streets, 29 new study rooms and will incorporate a green roof, a café, computer lab and the STEM and Writing and Research Centers. The newly renovated Nash Library is expected to re-open in spring 2018.

    Knight Tower

    Knight Tower, the former Verizon Call Center at 131 W. Ninth St. in Erie, is Gannon’s interim library location during the renovations to Nash Library.

    The six-story building adjacent to the Robert H. Morosky Academic Center houses the library’s collections of books, periodicals and DVDs as well as computer workstations, study rooms, the Technology Support Center and the Gannon University archives. This location, which underwent minimal renovations during summer 2016, is open and available to all Gannon University students. To view hours and access library resources, click here.

    Beyer Hall


    This venerable campus landmark was renovated to integrate Gannon’s global and domestic students in a space that’s central to campus. This newly modernized space includes the Offices of Global Admissions and Outreach, Global Support and Student Engagement, English Language and Global Training and offices of various student organizations, as well as the Student Development and Engagement Leadership Team. Classrooms, a resource center and a new nondenominational chapel and foot wash stations in the for Muslim prayer preparation are also incorporated into the design.

    Gannon University Ruskin, Florida Campus

    Gannon University offers graduate-level classes at an additional site in Ruskin, Fla., which is located halfway between Tampa and Bradenton, Fla. The Ruskin campus provides advanced training opportunities in unique laboratory settings that are equipped with advanced technology, allowing students to engage in research with nationally recognized faculty, mentors and clinicians. The purchase of the building and of adjacent land ensure capacity for future growth.   Learn more about the new campus and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.



    Recreation and Wellness Center

     Recreation Center

    A $14.5 million project to enhance student wellness and academic research was completed with a grand opening and blessing ceremony on August 29, 2014. The doors are now open to the facility that features nearly 52,000 square feet of subdivided indoor space for year-round athletic, intramural and fitness activities; an 80-yard indoor field house and a Human Performance Laboratory. In addition to the spacial enhancements, new locker rooms and a healthy refreshment snack bar are quickly helping to establish the Recreation and Wellness Center as a new campus focal point.

    Center for Advanced Engineering   


    The building most recently occupied by Gannon's Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) is now an innovative environment that is home to Gannon's biomedical, industrial and mechanical engineering programs. 

    Here, students experience hands-on learning to solve biological, supply chain and medical challenges to enhance quality of life for today’s society.

    In addition to housing offices and classrooms in a variety of sizes and furnishings that can be rapidly reconfigured by the instructor as needed, The Center for Advanced Engineering also contains two laboratories. The Biomedical Engineering Laboratory is home to a KINARM two-joint planar manipulator and Phantom 3.0 system with a large-workspace and a BIODEX isokinetic dynamometer with research-specific software..

    The Biomedical Engineering Laboratory also employs motion-tracking and gait-analysis systems. The Industrial Engineering Lab has three interlinked laboratory spaces and is equipped with teaching and research instruments for the development and optimization of models, methods and tools necessary for the diagnosis, specification, design and launch of sociotechnical and physical systems relating specifically to healthcare, manufacturing and supply chain applications.


     Center for Business Ingenuity 



    Located at 900 State Street in the heart of Erie's central business district, Gannon University's Center for Business Ingenuity brings together the Dahlkemper School of Business, with Gannon's Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in a laboratory for the future of business and entrepreneurship in northwest Pennsylvania.

    At the CBI:

    • SBDC provides consulting to help start a new business or expand an existing business.
    • ETI incubates and mentors entrepreneurial businesses.
    • The Dahlkemper School of Business serves as a resource for student projects, consulting, interns and employees.

    This innovative ecosystem allows local and student-led businesses to nourish and drive the future of business in northwest Pennsylvania through expanded opportunities to house and assist more local businesses and companies. 

    Human Performance Laboratory

    Human Performance Laboratory

    An innovative facility that is the first in the region features motion analysis and human performance testing labs for collaboration in the Physical Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science, Human Performance, Occupational Therapy and Biomedical Engineering programs. The  Human Performance Laboratory is a unique resource for faculty and students utilizing the most advanced technology that science currently offers.

    Forensic Investigation Center (FIC)


    This innovative learning facility that looks like an actual family dwelling is a working laboratory where students practice the skills they've learned in the classroom to find evidence and solve crimes. With a functioning forensic laboratory, multipurpose classroom, interview/interrogation room, Firearms Training Simulator area, and crime scene re-enactment areas, this hands-on learning environment provides a unique experience for any criminologist or forensic scientist.

    Center for Communication and the Arts


    The fast-changing fields of communication and the arts get a state-of-the-art facility that for the first time will co-locate and integrate current and emerging programs in human communication studies, media studies, and the digital and performing arts. The Center will also be home to 90.5 WERG, Gannon's award-winning radio station, the Schuster Gallery, the Gannon Knight newspaper, the Collins Institute for Archaeological Research and the Erie Chamber Orchestra.

    Innovative Academic Programs

    Theatre Technologies and Design Program

    Students with an interest in behind-the-scenes work, technology and studio aspects of theater productions will excel in this technical program. The program focuses on all elements needed for successful theater, film, television, commercial and related creative works. The program emphasizes design/technical areas including costume, lighting, puppetry, scenic and sound design.

    Performance for Media and Stage Program

    Students who have a passion for the creative human spirit and want to study performance for media and the stage within a vibrant, liberal arts curriculum will find numerous possibilities at Gannon University. With multiple performance venues, students can develop on-stage skills in voice, stage combat, acting for the camera, and more to prepare for a career as a professional artist or as a foundation for further study. The program emphasizes acting, directing, improvisation, movement and voice.

    Doctor of Physical Therapy in Ruskin, FL

    Dpt Back

    Gannon University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will be a leader in educating autonomous physical therapists who participate in integrative and collaborative practice to facilitate high quality health and educational outcomes. We will be practitioners of choice in the community, recognized as experts in movement, function and health. As leaders we will embrace our social responsibility, promote humanistic care, and contribute to the profession's body of knowledge.

    The Gannon University Physical Therapy Program at Ruskin embraces the current APTA vision statement, "Physical therapists will transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."  

    Public Health Program

    The new Public Health program in the University's Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences is designed for students seeking a health-related major that is more broad-based than the focused, existing majors within the University. The major combines a foundation in health-related courses, sciences, humanities and social sciences. In addition to the major requirements, which represent the health and science focus of the College, students can select one of three concentration tracks that will build on personal and career goals and interests. The tracks are: science, healthcare with management and health education/communication.

    Pre-Health Program 

    Graduates with a B.A. or B.S. have the opportunity to return to school to complete requirements they need to enter professional, health-related schools. These schools include, but are not limited to: medical, dental, veterinary, podiatry, osteopathic, pharmacy, chiropractic and optometry.

    The program provides a pathway by which returning students can complete the basic prerequisite courses required by any health professional graduate program. This program is ideal for persons who have an undergraduate degree, but are looking to make a change in their careers.

    Through this program, students who have already earned their undergraduate degrees will have a unique advantage when enrolling in health-related professional schools. Guided coursework and individualized attention provide a strong start for a future in the health professions.

    Master of Arts in Health Communication

    Gannon's NEW Master of Arts in Health Communication is the only regional program that combines the strong humanities perspective anchored in the School of Communication & the Arts and a strong commitment to healthcare practice. This degree prepares students for careers in professional communication settings such as community-based agencies, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and government. The curriculum combines a theoretical foundation with a focus on the public sphere and advanced healthcare topics. With the increased focus on healthcare in the United States, health communication employment is expected to grow by 21% through 2022 with the number of jobs exceeding 21,400*.

    *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at service/health-educators.htm

    Industrial Engineering Program

    Today's competitive industrial and service climates have increased the demand for highly trained engineers to design, organize and optimize increasingly complex processes.  To respond to this demand, Gannon University will introduce a new Bachelor of Science program in industrial engineering, beginning in fall 2015.  Students in the new program will have the opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines such as mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and the Dahlkemper School of Business, along with Gannon's Small Business Development Center and Erie Technology Incubator, which are both located on campus.

    Healthcare Management and Supply Chain Management Programs

    To respond to the increasing demand for skilled executives in the healthcare and logistics sectors, Gannon's Dahlkemper School of Business now offers programs in Healthcare Management and Supply Chain Management.  The new programs are part of the Dahlkemper School of Business’ response to the changing needs of business through a new business curriculum.

    Freshwater and Marine Biology Degree

    Gannon's NEW Freshwater and Marine Biology major is one of only 61 such programs in the U.S. and one of the only majors of its kind in the  Great Lakes region. The program provides students with coursework and hands-on experience to prepare them for employment or graduate training in the field of aquatic science.  Our location on the shore of Lake Erie makes Gannon the ideal place to study aquatic systems, gain valuable internship experience and secure job placement following graduation.   As water resources become more in demand, the need for aquatic scientists is expected to grow, and our faculty remain well funded to engage students in research opportunities to allow for the training needed to fill that demand.

    Biochemistry Degree

    Biochemistry is the study of the chemical composition and reactions within living systems. Gannon's NEW biochemistry major will attract students who enjoy the study of chemistry, but prefer to focus study on the biological chemistry facet.  The students within the biochemistry major will take specific courses directing their study to the interface of these sciences.

    Master of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Athletic Training Programs

     Sport and Exercise Science

    The Master of Science degree offers advanced coursework and applied experiences in the areas of sport physiology, sport biomechanics, sport nutrition and sport psychology, including working as a strength and conditioning specialist with one of 20 varsity sports at Gannon or other sports teams in the surrounding area. Students in the Master of Athletic Training program will learn the mechanics of sports injury, the rehabilitation process and will work hands-on with competition athletes.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice degree


    Busy advanced practice nurses in search of a terminal degree can enjoy unprecedented flexibility with Gannon's DNP program, now offered exclusively online. Not a thesis-based program, Gannon's online DNP program is an important step in helping nurses more effectively influence changes in patient safety and develop best practices for hospitals and other clinical settings.