Gannon University announces a new Doctor of Physical Therapy
(DPT) program to be offered at its Ruskin, Florida campus beginning
summer 2017. The DPT program joins the Occupational Therapy
Doctorate (OTD) program with which the campus opened its doors in
The DPT program offered in Ruskin consists of 109 credits
offered over nine semesters in a curriculum that is both innovative
and personalized. The curriculum includes 40 weeks of full-time
clinical education experiences split into four different
experiences that begin after only three semesters of classroom
work. Students will also have the opportunity to travel for
clinical education experiences.
In addition, five courses, Community Health Initiative I-V,
provide students with hands-on service-learning experiences with a
network of community partners. Ruskin DPT students will work
alongside expert faculty on clinical and community research
projects and will be encouraged to attend, participate and present
research projects at national and state conferences.
"The goal of the Ruskin DPT program is to create autonomous
physical therapists who participate in integrative and
collaborative practice to facilitate high-quality health and
educational outcomes," said Richard W. Johnson, P.T., Ed.D., the
program's director. "Having had the experience of participating in
two successful re-accreditation processes at another university,
developing a satellite PT program and currently consulting with
other developing programs, I feel confident that the program will
become one of the pre- eminent accredited programs of choice."
Johnson also cited the qualifications of the faculty already in
place for the program, Erin Conrad, DPT, assistant professor;
William Conrad, DPT, associate professor; and Scott Love, DPT,
assistant professor; as strengths of the Ruskin Campus' program
The DPT program at Gannon University's Erie, Pennsylvania campus
has an outstanding record of student success. For the 2015-16
Academic Year, Gannon students achieved a 96% first-time pass rate
on the National Physical Therapy Examination and a 100-percent
ultimate pass rate.
To accommodate the DPT program and future growth at the Ruskin
campus, renovations are underway and plans are being considered for
future construction. Current OTD enrollment at the campus exceeds
50 for the 2016-17 Academic Year.
The Ruskin campus is located between Tampa and
Sarasota on the western shore of Tampa Bay. Formally opened in
August 2015, it is an innovative response to the increasing demand
for high-quality graduate education in disciplines that serve the
rapidly expanding healthcare sector of the Florida economy.
Applications are being accepted for the inaugural cohort of the
Ruskin DPT program, beginning in summer 2017 here.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy
Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314;
3245; email@example.com is necessary for eligibility to sit
for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Effective November 23, 2016, the Doctor of Physical Therapy
program at Gannon University, Ruskin Campus has been granted
Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax
Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a
pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the
program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate
students in the technical/professional courses. Candidate for
Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure