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    • Gannon University offers a diverse group of competitive affiliation programs with professional schools to provide qualified students with an advantage over students at other colleges at the time of application. In some cases, these affiliation programs allow the student to complete the undergraduate phase of the program in three years rather than four, although the majority of students choose to complete a bachelor’s degree prior to attending professional school.
    • Gannon offers partnership programs with Salus University (optometry), Case Western Reserve (dental) ,Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (dental) ,Kent State University (podiatry) ,Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (podiatry) ,Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (podiatry) and Ross University (veterinary)

    You Will Learn

    Our small class sizes, interaction with health professions programs and affiliations with other health professional schools all create an optimal atmosphere to prepare students to apply for programs in chiropractic medicine, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry or optometry. Students are able to complete the necessary prerequisite courses to apply to these professional schools and major in a degree of their choosing (most students choose to major in biochemistry, biology or chemistry). Students are provided with expert advising and numerous resources as they work toward becoming a competitive applicant.

    You Will Experience

    Students at Gannon University have opportunities to become well-rounded, service-oriented leaders both in and out of the classroom, making them competitive for a career in the health professions. Pre-professional students are eligible to participate in independent laboratory research with our faculty, and Gannon students are consistently competitive for regional and national healthcare-related and research training opportunities such as:

    • health coach internship with Saint Vincent Hospital and Erie Community Care Network
    • research experiences for undergraduates
    • the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of Pittsburgh 

    You Will Achieve

     There are many specific degree paths stemming from the pre-professional program. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • dentists
    • equine veterinary medicine
    • food animal veterinary medicine
    • oral and maxillofacial surgeons
    • orthodontists
    • podiatrists who specialize in sports medicine or pediatrics
    • prosthodontists
    • research veterinarian


    You Will Earn

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the job outlook will continue to increase faster than average for all occupations for podiatrists (20 percent growth), dentists (21 percent growth) and chiropractors (28 percent growth). The need is increasing much faster than average for optometrists (33 percent growth) and veterinarians (36 percent growth) through 2020. The salaries for dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists and veterinarians are among the highest of all occupations. The median annual salary for these healthcare professionals in 2010 were:

    • Chiropractor: $66,160
    • Dentist: $149,310
    • Optometrist: $97,820
    • Podiatrist: $116,440
    • Veterinarian: $84,460

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

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Gannon University has a long history of helping a large number of qualified and motivated students successfully achieve acceptance into professional schools. Pre-professional students may pursue a major of their choice. However, all students receive expert advising so that they take a balanced and rigorous course load, which includes the fundamental science and mathematics courses that professional schools require as prerequisite coursework.

    Curriculum highlights include hands-on laboratory experiences for most biology and chemistry courses, which are conducted in small interactive group settings of 20-30 students. Some of these courses include:

     BIOL 302: Animal Behavior

    A study of the mechanisms and evolution of behavior in a variety of animal taxa. The course examines interactions among the environment, genetics, the endocrine system and the nervous system in the development of behavior. It also addresses the current adaptive value of various behaviors and considers how natural selection may have altered behaviors in the past.

    BIOL 365 & BIOL 366: Human Gross Anatomy & Human Gross Anatomy Lab

    The Human Gross Anatomy course is lecture-based and uses a regional approach to study the human body. It is taken simultaneously with Human Gross Anatomy Lab. Dissection of human cadavers by students is a key component of the lab. In addition, learning is facilitated through the use of anatomical models.

    CHEM 366: Structural Biochemistry

    This course focuses on a systematic study of the biologically important compounds including the amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, carbohydrates and lipids. Emphasis is placed upon the structure, properties, syntheses, reactions and functions of these compounds.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

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