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joe appah

December 2015

About Joe Appah
Undergraduate Degree: BA, Psychology, St. Ambrose University

Joe Appah is one of over 90 students in the Occupational Therapy program this fall. He's also an Ambrose alum, so it's probably pretty obvious why he decided to stay at his alma mater for his graduate education.

You'd be wrong.

It was in Ghana, Africa, with his grandmother that Joe realized he wanted to study occupational therapy.

His grandmother suffered an injury after a fall and had difficulty performing every day activities. He knew she would have benefitted from occupational therapy, but there weren't any services like that available.

That need pushed Joe back to St. Ambrose and into one of the most competitive OT programs in the country.

"This program has your best interests at heart," Joe said. "The faculty want you to succeed – if you're willing to work for it."

With a near-100 percent pass rate on the national exam in the last three years, OT students are well-prepared to excel after graduation. As for Joe, he wants to return to Ghana and help the underprivileged and underserved by opening his own clinic.

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