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Health & Medicine Profile

There is a world of possibilities at Gannon University—the possibilities that are within you. You will learn here, form lifelong friendships here, and grow here, because at Gannon, it’s within your reach. Our hands-on, real-world, faith-inspired, success-driven academics are what make a Gannon education stand out. Here we help make your desired college experience possible. It’s what happens when you believe.

Inspiring academic success
Program offerings in the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences all benefit from exceptional learning environments, including a state-of-the-art Patient Simulation Center.

Qualified Gannon students can take advantage of a 3+4 Dental partnership with Case Western Reserve, Podiatry agreements with Kent State University and Temple University, a partnership with Salus University for Optometry, and the eight-year Osteopathic Medicine program offered with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Accepted students will complete four undergraduate years at Gannon and then proceed directly into LECOM’s medical school, where they are conditionally guaranteed admittance. Gannon also has partnerships with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), including 4+4 and 3+4 accelerated Medical programs, 4+4 Medical and Veterinary programs with Ross University, a 4+4 and an accelerated 3+4 Medical program with the University of Medicine and Health Science, and new 4+3 and 3+3 programs with New York Chiropractic College. The acceptance rate of Gannon students into medical schools is above the national average.

For students interested in becoming a physician assistant or an occupational therapist, Gannon offers five-year direct-entry master’s degree programs in both areas. Gannon also offers four different affiliated program options for students who wish to become pharmacists. In collaboration with LECOM, Gannon offers five-, six-, and seven-year Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Gannon also offers accelerated six-year Doctor of Pharmacy programs affiliated with Duquesne University and the University of Charleston. The newest Pharmacy program is a 3+4 Pharmacy program with the University at Buffalo.

Students interested in physical therapy can remain at Gannon after their undergraduate years to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree—a program that currently boasts a 100% job placement rate. Gannon also offers a 3+3 accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy option. Gannon now offers an Occupational Therapy doctorate program at a new campus in Ruskin, Florida, which provides opportunities for graduate students to learn and acquire clinical experience in one of the fastest-growing areas on the East Coast.

Gannon also offers degree programs in Nursing, Nutrition and Human Performance, Public Health, Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Care, and Sport and Exercise Science.

Location is everything
Gannon’s campus is located in the heart of downtown Erie, close to internships and co-ops with hospitals and health care facilities, businesses, industries, and social service organizations. Gannon is centrally located, approximately 100 miles from health care centers in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland.

Gannon’s location on the shores of Lake Erie, in Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, provides something for everyone to enjoy. On-campus students can attend everything from plays, movies, and dances to athletic contests. With more than 80 on-campus clubs and organizations at Gannon, there’s always something going on.

Classrooms get real
At Gannon we emphasize a healthy blend of classroom instruction and real-world experience. Students in the health sciences are able to complete either practicums or clinical experiences within their chosen major to supplement their classroom work.

For example, students in the Physician Assistant program are guaranteed clinical rotations that are arranged for them, or they may arrange up to two of their own rotations. For students in the Respiratory Care program, clinical rotations give direct, supervised practice with a 5:1 student-faculty ratio. In the Medical Technology programs, students complete three years of academic study at Gannon and one year of clinical study in a hospital setting. In Radiologic Sciences, clinical rotations at both local and distant sites give students approximately 1,400 hours of supervised practice before graduation. Nursing students in the Villa Maria School of Nursing begin their clinical experience in the first semester of their sophomore year and have a total of six by graduation. The Nursing program has affiliation agreements with over 40 health care agencies in northwest Pennsylvania. Gannon Sport and Exercise Science students can benefit from a clinical practicum during their senior year.

Many of these programs, such as Nursing, Radiologic Sciences, and Respiratory Care, have placement rates for graduates at or near 100%, and graduates typically have several job opportunities to choose from before graduation.


Only Top 10 Best Value School in Northwest Pennsylvania - U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, Regional Universities, 2017 edition

Affiliation: Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie

Programs: More than 58 undergraduate programs, 24 cooperative professional school options, 11 pre-professional programs, seven associate degree programs, 27 master’s degrees, and four doctoral degrees, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice

Financial Aid: More than $37 million awarded annually; early notification of scholarships and financial aid

Atmosphere: Values-centered community with a low 13:1 student-faculty ratio

Location: Erie, Pennsylvania, and Ruskin,Florida

Enrollment: 4,416

Athletics: 20 NCAA Division II athletic teams and varsity scholarship-granting teams in women’s acrobatics and tumbling as well as competitive cheerleading

Academic Programs
Health and Medicine Areas of Study
• Nursing
• Nutrition and Human Performance
• Occupational Therapy
• Pre-chiropractic Medicine
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-health Qualification
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-podiatry
• Pre-veterinary Medicine
• Public Health
• Radiologic Sciences
• Respiratory Care
• Sport and Exercise Science
• Undecided Health Sciences

Accelerated/Cooperative Medical Programs
• Case Western Reserve 3+4 Early Acceptance Dental Program
• Five-Year Athletic Training
• Five-Year Exercise Science
• Five-Year Occupational Therapy
• Five-Year Physician Assistant
• Seven-Year Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy
• 3+3 Accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy
• LECOM 4+4 Dental Program
• LECOM 4+4 Medical Program
• LECOM Pharmacy Programs
• Duquesne 2+4 Accelerated

Pharmacy Program
• University at Buffalo 3+4 Pharmacy Program
• University of Charleston 2+4

Dual-Degree Pharmacy Program
• PCOM 4+4 Medical Program
• PCOM 3+4 Accelerated Medical Program
• New York Chiropractic College 4+3 and 3+3 Programs
• Ross 3+4 Accelerated Veterinary Program
• Ross 4+4 Medical and Veterinary Program
• University of Medicine and Health Science 3+4 Accelerated Medical Program
• University of Medicine and Health Science 4+4 Medical Program