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Gannon Launches Series of New Programs

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Gannon University is proud to expand on its academic offerings with the launch of a series of innovative new programs in the College of Engineering and Business and the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

These new programs are designed to further our university’s tradition of providing quality education to prepare students to meet in-demand careers in a variety of disciplines. Our new program offerings range from industry-specific certificate programs to undergraduate and graduate-level programs.

“I am extremely proud of our faculty, staff, and students who have all contributed toward the design and implementation of these new offerings,” said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs at Gannon. “Gannon University will continue to move forward with our goal to offer relevant programs that will prepare our students with the skills that employers want and need especially during these challenging times”

 College of Engineering and Business

>Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering prepares graduates with knowledge in research and practical applications of biological and medical principles in biomedical engineering, making them strong candidates for several research and supervisory positions.

Students have the option to pursue a four-semester graduate program with concentrations in biomaterials or biomechanics and bio-robotics. Also, students in the undergraduate degree program in biomechanical engineering can earn a combined BS/MSBMA in one additional year under the accelerated five-year program.

The program integrates health care and technical knowledge to provide a point of care solutions. Graduates will be able to analyze data and identify biomedical problems, manage risk and drive solutions; demonstrate leadership skills while assessing moral and ethical components and complexity of challenges faced by the medical and engineering community; and develop oral, written and graphical communication skills needed in professional clinical and engineering environments.

Students can submit their applications for enrollment this Fall 2020.

>Information Systems Security Online Graduate Certificate

The online graduate certificate program in information systems security prepares graduates or working professionals who have no previous cyber training to expand their skills.

The program will offer two start dates per year, with the first being in Fall 2021.

This fast-track, 12-credit program can be completed 100 percent online within one year. This timeline allows students to obtain ISS credentials much faster than a traditional graduate program, making it a convenient option for those who are looking to enter the cyber market while balancing a professional career and personal life.

ISS equips students with the foundational information systems security knowledge needed to obtain industry certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Graduates who complete the certificate program will demonstrate working knowledge of information security governance, technologies and information security-related issues; understand the essential applications of information security and assurance; and secure provisioning resources, understand and apply foundational security operations concepts, and apply resource protection techniques. Graduates will experience enhanced credibility and increased marketability to differentiate them in their careers.

This certificate follows the announcement of a new online graduate certificate program in cybersecurity essentials earlier this year. This initial certificate is not a prerequisite.

>Minor in Innovation and Creativity

The minor in innovation and creativity delivers on the increasing need for professionals who possess the skills, attitudes and mindsets that will allow them to inspire solutions to complex societal problems. 

Innovation and creativity has emerged over the past decade as essential to success in a rapidly changing world. In response, educators have been asked to imbed strategies that foster and develop creativity and innovation in curriculums throughout the education continuum. 

The minor leverages students’ ability to create with an emphasis on exploring and refining creativity, thinking critically, recognizing opportunity and communicating effectively. Coursework emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, distributed reasoning, planned failure, creative modeling and personal reflection, which serve as the groundwork for innovation.

Students gain the skills needed to solve real-world problems, identify both opportunities and the resources needed to explore these opportunities, learn to work with a diverse group of people, and turn creative thought into actionable innovation.

The minor promotes collaboration across disciplines including health science, education, humanities, social science, engineering, science, mathematics and business.

Students can apply for the program beginning in the 2020-21 academic year with the first course to be offered in Fall 2021. The majority of the minor’s 15 credits count toward Gannon’s Liberal Studies Core requirements, making it an ideal and beneficial option for students in any major.

Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences

>Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology-Erie is designed to offer a theoretical and practical curriculum consisting of advanced courses, research and clinical experiences to meet the standards set by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

Graduates will be prepared to obtain careers as practicing speech-language pathologists. They will acquire the knowledge and skills to diagnose, provide evidence-based treatment, and serve as advocates in the scope of practice of speech-language pathology. They will learn to apply knowledge of ethical standards and best practice in providing services for speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders. They will also learn to effectively communicate and counsel patients, caregivers and family members, and personnel who are involved in the health, education and quality of care to patients throughout the lifespan.

The program capitalizes on a collaborative partnership with the master’s degree in speech-language pathology program at our Ruskin campus to provide students with the resources and opportunities necessary for academic growth, professional development and leadership in the field.

The anticipated date for enrollment of the first cohort will be Fall 2022 following application for Candidacy Status through the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

>Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides graduates with the science and educational foundation for understanding and treating speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders.

Graduates will gain knowledge in the underlying anatomical, physiological, neurological and cognitive issues that impact communication, education, hearing and swallowing needs across the life span; embrace future issues of health care and education for a diverse population through a comprehensive theoretical and practical curriculum; and understand the professional issues and clinical responsibilities in providing professional health care and educational services in various settings within a diverse society.

Graduates will be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology or obtain careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, rehabilitation therapy, special education and counseling.

Students have the option to accelerate their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology in only 5 years. Students complete three years of the undergraduate curriculum on the Erie campus and can transition to the Ruskin, Fla. campus to complete the graduate portion of the program.

Our non-degree Post-Baccalaureate in Communication Sciences and Disorders program allows students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree to complete pre-requisite courses for admission to a graduate program in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.

Students can enroll in the undergraduate communication sciences and disorders program and the 3+2 Ruskin track option in Fall 2020.

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