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Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Mobilize the Future of Community Health with a Physical Therapy Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon’s physical therapy program prepares you for a meaningful career in a variety of clinical and community health settings to help patients improve movement, perform functional everyday activities, and discover increased quality of life. Receive individualized faculty mentoring and pursue courses grounded in the sciences to best prepare you for the rigors of graduate school and your profession. Leverage your potential in our guaranteed admission program to earn a BS in Health Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy through the accelerated 3+3 or traditional 4+3 track options.

    • Complement your degree with a minor and explore your interests.
    • Accelerate your education and earn a BS in Health Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy through a guaranteed six-year track. 
    • Seven of our Doctor of Physical Therapy program faculty maintain specialty certifications.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Physical Therapy

    • Complete all pre-requisite courses necessary for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
    • Leverage your success in our physical therapy program to earn a BS in Health Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through an accelerated six-year track or seven-year track based upon meeting admission requirements and individual preference.
    • Take an array of undergraduate courses that will best prepare you for the rigors of continuing your education.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Gain practical hands-on experience by shadowing graduate students and faculty in our KnightAbility Clinic, a pro bono physical therapy clinic housed in the Human Performance Laboratory.
    • Participate as laboratory models in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program laboratories.
    • Work with an assigned Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty advisor who can provide individualized guidance to achieve your career goals.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key courses including: 

    • Courses in applied exercise science including Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Motor Control, Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology.
    • Courses in psychology including Psychology of Human Development, Psychopathology and Health Psychology.
    • Courses focused on an in-depth study of the human body through human gross anatomy and human physiology.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Gannon’s physical therapy program provides you with an array of opportunities to prepare you for a purposeful career. You will: 

    • Participate in a total of 40 weeks of clinical experience during the graduate phase of the program.
    • Be exposed to a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient facilities, home health, pediatric centers and skilled nursing facilities.
    • Earn an annual median wage of $92,920, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
David Russo

David Russo Physical Therapy

“The physical therapy program here at Gannon University is truly one of a kind. From the very frst day of orientation you feel welcomed, and we have all grown to be like a family since then. Although it is challenging at times, I am grateful for all of the progress I’ve made and growth that I’ve experienced.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.