Gannon University Honors National Physical Therapy Month

Students of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program participate in Physical Therapy Global Day of Service

Students of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program participate in Physical Therapy Global Day of Service

Gannon University’s physical therapy students and faculty were celebrated alongside aspiring and current physical therapy professionals across the country during National Physical Therapy Month this October. The celebration is in recognition of the physical therapy profession and its contributions to the nation’s health.

Gannon’s Erie campus offers both an undergraduate program in physical therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. With the conclusion of NPTM, we recognize some of the exciting ways faculty and students of these programs have come together to become knowledgeable, innovative and socially responsible professionals within their careers and communities.

Some of these events and successes include:

Gannon Reads

On Oct. 15, first-year physical therapy students attended the Gannon READS keynote at the Warner Theatre as featured author John O’Leary discussed his book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. Prior to the event, students met weekly to discuss key take-aways from the book. In addition, second-year students met with O’Leary to discuss how health care professionals impacted his life and survival after a devastating house fire led to burns on 100% of his body.

PT Global Day of Service

On Oct. 19, several students participated in the PT Global Day of Service during which physical therapy professionals and students from around the world gave back to their communities through a variety of activities ranging from blood drives to neighborhood clean-ups.

Outstanding record of success

About 150 students are enrolled in the DPT Program at the Erie campus, making it one of the largest at the university. Students received a 94.5% overall pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination for the 2018-2019 academic year.

DPT Program accreditation

The DPT Program celebrates continued growth after being granted re-accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. The program was granted re-accreditation status on May 31, 2019 for the period of 10 years.

Kristine Legters, associate professor and chair of the Physical Therapy Program, expressed her appreciation for the recognition of NPTM.

“National PT Month is important to Gannon’s (PT) Program, so that the faculty and the student body can celebrate the important works of this health care profession. It is (one of) the best health care professions to make a difference in the lives of others,” Legters said.

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