Our personal education nurtures professional success.
Faculty members combine clinical experience with passionate dedication to their students, clients and profession. Students learn how to integrate professionalism and service from exemplary role models. OTD faculty members are known to bring students into their private practices to work with patients, and to travel abroad with their students on service trips in community and public health settings.
Established students mentor new OTD students, while campus organizations get them involved in the department and the community. The Student Occupational Therapy Association, the student arm of AOTA, engages in service projects such as assisting with Special Olympics, and provides opportunities for professional development, including attending AOTA's annual conference.
Joint lectures, clinical discussions, and special projects – such as the annual Health Sciences Adventure Camp for 7th- and 8th-graders – introduce our students to working with other health care professionals on a rehabilitation team.
Students engage in interactive learning in state-of-the-art labs housed in the Center for Health Sciences Education (CHSE) and have multiple opportunities to work with students in other professional programs within the university.
The OTD program also has an Assistive Technology Outreach Service that is a resource center for students and offers free services to clients and health care professionals at CHSE and through Jim's Place, a home demonstration center highlighting innovative, independent living solutions.