Gannon University (Health Professions and Science)

Gannon University (Health Professions and Science)

Erie, PA
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Tuition Cost $27,760 | $27,760
in-state | out-of-state
fall application deadline
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Moderately Difficult
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Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
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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

109 University Square
Erie, PA 16541-0001

Office of Admissions

Phone: 814-871-7240
Fax: 814-871-5803

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Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$27,760
    • Out-of-state tuition *$27,760
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$608
    • Room and board *$11,240
    • Room only *$5,890
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Biomedical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Dental Services and Allied Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nursing Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ophthalmic and Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmacy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radiologic Technology/Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Respiratory Care Therapy
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Veterinary/Animal Health Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Nutrition Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


77% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,097
    • Accepted3,182
    • Acceptance Rate77%
    • Enrolled3,205
    • Female Applicants2,144
    • Females Accepted1,688
    • Female Acceptance Rate78%
    • Male Applicants1,953
    • Males Accepted1,494
    • Male Acceptance Rate76%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
      counselor's recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 3
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.52
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 511 460 560
    • SAT Math 523 470 570
    • SAT Writing 440 540
    • ACT Composite 23 20 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,205
    • Male Student Percentage43%
    • Female Student Percentage57%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.61%
    • Black or African American4.92%
    • White or Caucasian78.61%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.33%
    • Asian1.52%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.33%
    • Two or more races1.77%
    • Unknown1.77%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout8.14% representing 27 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students26.8% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 43%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Phi Eta Sigma, GU Society of Physician Assistant Students, GU Habitat for Humanity, Activities Programming Board, Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other security cameras


Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Gymnastics No No No
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No Yes Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo No Division 2 Yes
    • Wrestling No Division 2 Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Gymnastics No Division C Yes
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming No Yes Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Water polo No Division 2 Yes
    • Wrestling No No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty377
    • Full-time Percentage55%
    • Part-time Percentage45%
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 3,638 students to 264 faculty



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