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Gannon University (Health Professions and Science)

Erie , PA


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A respected Catholic university with a strong health sciences program

Gannon University is a small, private liberal arts school in Erie, Pennsylvania that focuses heavily on health science degree programs and professional preparation. Gannon enrolls about 3,100 undergraduates, with more than 1/3 of those students enrolled in Gannon's Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences. The college is home to more than 20 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students at all stages of career and academic development.

Gannon ranks highly on several "US News & World Report" lists, including Best Regional Universities (North), Best Value Schools, and Best Colleges for Veterans. Gannon has earned a place among "GI Jobs" magazine's Military Friendly Schools list for 5 consecutive years, a distinction granted to only 15% of the nation's colleges.

The university's Patient Simulation Center is the largest such training facility in the Great Lakes region. It combines interdisciplinary learning with the latest simulation technology to prepare students for work with human patients. The center has a total of 14 patient simulators, emergency and labor-delivery simulation rooms, classrooms, and computer labs. Another campus facility, the Human Performance Laboratory, analyzes movement and exercise performance in collaboration with several of Gannon's health science and engineering programs.

Gannon's location on Lake Erie and its 53-foot research boat, the Environaut, provide students with a literal chance to get their feet wet studying aquatic ecosystems, fisheries, and related topics.

Health professions and sciences bachelor's degree programs

All Gannon's bachelor's degree programs are built on Gannon's liberal studies core curriculum, which encompasses cultural, scientific, historical, theological, and philosophical topics. In addition, Gannon's science and health profession undergraduate programs focus on preparing graduates to enter the job market or to continue on to professional school or advanced academic studies. To give students a clear idea of what to expect, the school provides entry-level and mid-career salary statistics for careers related to each major.

Students pursuing the BS in biology or in mathematics have the option to minor in teacher certification preparation. Traditional science bachelor's programs are available in biochemistry, chemistry, forensic science, and freshwater and marine biology. Students focused on professional preparation can choose among Bachelor of Science programs in, medical technology, nutrition and human performance, , public health, respiratory care, general science, and sport and exercise science.

Accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree programs at Gannon include a 5-year BS/Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program, BS/MS programs in occupational therapy and physician assistant science, and a 6-year BS/DPT program for physical therapy students.

Available minor fields of study in the College of Health Professions and Sciences are athletic coaching, exercise science, nanotechnology, sport behavior, and statistics.

Undergraduate nursing programs on campus and online

The Villa Maria School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions and Sciences offerstwo Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs, one on-campus for full-time students, and one fully online program for working students who already hold the Registered Nurse credential. The campus-based BSN degree program includes more than 900 clinical hours at local and regional healthcare providers, core classes drawn from Gannon's liberal studies curriculum, and hands-on classes in the Patient Simulation Center. Graduates of this program have a first-time pass rate of more than 93% on the Nursing State Board Exam, and a post-graduation job placement rate close to 100%.

Villa Maria's online RN to BSN program allows working registered nurses to complete their bachelor's degree on their own time, with asynchronous coursework and 7-week course terms. Most students take about 19 months to complete the program, with core subjects including professional nursing, research processes and analysis, healthcare politics and advocacy, management, and health promotion.

Gannon University's nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Graduate-level programs include the MSN, RN to MSN, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Cooperative undergraduate and professional school programs with partner universities

Gannon University partners with a number of other schools in the US and abroad to provide early-acceptance bachelor's degree-plus-professional degree programs in chiropractic, dentistry, podiatry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. These programs reduce the time it takes to earn a professional degree and save time and money on professional school applications and admissions.

Cooperative programs in the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences include:

- the joint BS and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Dental Medicine, located in Bradenton, Florida, or with Case Western Reserve University

- the joint BS in Health Science and the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program with LECOM or the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

- the joint BS/MD program offered with the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts

- the joint BS/MD program offered with Ross University in the Caribbean

- the joint and accelerated BS/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program offered via Temple University or Kent State's College of Podiatric Medicine

- BS/Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) joint programs in conjunction with the University of Charleston, Duquesne University, LECOM, or University at Buffalo

- the BS/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program with Ross University in St. Kitts

-the joint BS/Doctors of Optometry (O.D.s) program with Salus University

-the joint BS/Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program with New York Chiropractic College

Gannon also offers a cooperative dual-degree program with the University of Pittsburgh that offers a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Chemical Engineering in a total of 5 years.

High job placement rates and academic success

Careers related to science and health care are in high demand, as Gannon's near 100% job-placement rate for nursing graduates shows. Graduates from Gannon's chemistry program have achieved 100% placement and a higher than average rate of job offers from which to choose. Medical technology graduates have a perfect pass rate on the American Society of Clinical Pathology national certification exam, and have a job-placement rate of close to 100% at hospitals and labs around the country.

Other graduates have gone on to graduate work and professional education at such schools as Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Missouri.

Extensive scholarship opportunities

Gannon University participates in the federal Yellow Ribbon tuition benefit program for veterans. School-sponsored scholarships, including the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, are available based on merit, academic testing, and talent in the arts. Gannon also administers more than 200 endowed scholarships and automatically considers applicants for all relevant awards.

Location & Contact

Address 109 University Square
Erie, PA  16541
United States
Contact Office of Admissions
Phone: 814-871-7240
Fax: 814-871-5803

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Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer Programming/programmer, General Checkmark
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist Checkmark
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Occupational Therapy/therapist Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Personal And Culinary Services Associate Bachelors
Funeral Service And Mortuary Science, General Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs A minimum high school GPA of 3
2 recommendations
Recommended Essay
Other requirements: Counselor's recommendation

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 500 610
SAT Math 490 610
ACT Composite 23 20 26

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 3.02%
Black or African American 4.82%
White or Caucasian 72.82%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.11%
Asian 1.49%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.04%
Two or more races 2.98%
Other 5.62%


Male (43.5%)
Female (56.5%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 46%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
GIVE Day (Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere), Homecoming Weekend and Springtopia

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
GU Society of Physician Assistant, GU Habitat for Humanity, Activities Programming Board, Student Occupational Therapy Association and Organization of Women Leaders

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
security cameras in and outside of campus facilities, including streets and sidewalks


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 Checkmark
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Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
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Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Gymnastics No No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark Checkmark No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo No Division 2 Checkmark
Wrestling No Division 2 Checkmark
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Gymnastics No Checkmark Checkmark
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 2 Checkmark
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
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Softball No Division 2 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
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Water Polo No Division 2 Checkmark
Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 238
Part-time - 165
Male - 212
Female - 191
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