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In Review: Gannon University Honors National Physical Therapy Month

Students in Gannon's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Students in Gannon's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

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 in October. The celebration is in recognition of the physical therapy profession and its contributions to the nation’s health.

Gannon offers an undergraduate program in physical therapy at its Erie campus and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs at both its Erie and Ruskin campuses. With the conclusion of NPTM, we thank our faculty and students of these programs who have come together to become knowledgeable, innovative and socially responsible professionals within their careers and communities throughout their education and careers.

Physical Therapy faculty and students celebrated NPTM with a series of student-led events throughout the month including:

Week 1: Photo Competition

Students and faculty participated in a photo competition for the best fall physical activity picture. View the winners here and here.

Week 2: Push-Up Challenge

Students and faculty faced off in a push-up challenge with a current second-year student, Trevor Shaffer. Watch the video here and see who emerged as winner.

Week 3&4: Halloween and PT Month Celebrations

Other friendly competitions included a wheelchair decorating contest with displays located in the Morosky Academic Building, a pumpkin decorating contest (physical therapy-themed, of course) displayed at the Morosky courtyard, and costume competitions. Winners of these competitions are receiving gift cards that support local Erie vendors. 

To view photos and highlights from these events, visit the GUP DPT Program Facebook page.

Celebrating an outstanding record of success

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Erie is proud to celebrate more than 25 years of graduating students. Students received an impressive first-time pass rate of 93.5% on the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Erie campus Doctor of Physical Therapy program enrolls 50 students in each cohort for the three-year program. There are currently 142 students in the graduate program. Faculty are also building a strong undergraduate group of students committed to choosing the physical therapy profession.

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

“National PT Month is always a time for the students and faculty to focus on the importance of others understanding what physical therapy is about. In this COVID time, we are choosing activities that create collaboration and unity among the student body,” Legters said.

 

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