According to a Press Release from Gannon University:
Students looking to advance in Florida’s fast-growing healthcare economy have several attractive new opportunities at Gannon University’s campus in Ruskin Florida.
The campus has added new programs leading to “>Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degrees to the existing
Gannon University has long been acknowledged for its strength in the rehabilitative sciences at its Erie, Pennsylvania campus. The new programs in Florida hope to build on that strength by providing the opportunity for students to receive a high-quality graduate education in disciplines that are much in demand in Florida’s rapidly expanding healthcare economy.
The DPT program in Ruskin consists of 109 credits 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, courses 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 Ruskin MAT program offers a two-year postgraduate degree for individuals who have already completed their bachelor’s degree, and incorporates didactic and clinical education experiences necessary to prepare them to become certified athletic trainers through the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. The program’s comprehensive curriculum has been designed to integrate formal classroom instruction, online coursework and hands-on clinical experiences.
According to the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE), Gannon University is the only institution of higher learning to offer MAT programs on campuses in two different states.
For the 2016-17 Academic Year, enrollment in the OTD program, with which the campus was formally opened in 2015, exceeds 50 students. It is one of only three programs accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to offer the OTD degree in Florida.
To accommodate the three programs and growth at the Ruskin campus, renovations are underway and plans are being considered for future academic programs and for the construction of facilities to house them.
Florida is America’s third most populous state, a place where the population of both older persons and school-age persons is growing, offering a dual opportunity for both student recruitment and community service with the Ruskin campus as its base.