Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Students in the Physical Therapy Classroom
    • Graduates of Gannon University’s physical therapy program have a 100-percent job placement rate.
    • Graduates had a 96-percent first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) in 2016 with four graduate students receiving perfect scores.
    • 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

    Undergraduates in the physical therapy program are prepared for acceptance into Gannon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. With the guidance of an advisor, students select courses to fulfill prerequisites needed for the DPT program. The DPT curriculum follows the pre-physical therapy track for a total of seven years in length with graduates completing an undergraduate degree in four years before completing three years of professional preparation.

    Gannon offers a 3+3 guaranteed accelerated DPT program for qualified students wishing to pursue a science or sport and exercise science degree. A 4 +3 guaranteed program into the DPT graduate program 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

    During the graduate portion of the physical therapy program, students will participate in 40 weeks of clinical experiences. These clinical experiences are scheduled throughout the three years of graduate school providing hands-on experiences working with patients. With more than 250 sites, students are encouraged to travel outside northwest Pennsylvania to complete clinical placements as far away as Alaska and Washington. Students have the opportunity to complete clinical experiences in:

    • acute care  
    • home care  
    • orthopedics  
    • outpatient  
    • 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 Study

    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.

    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.

    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 (