Occupational therapy is all about living
life to the fullest. A lot of times after
an injury, we think we will no longer have independence. And we all like to bathe
ourselves, dress ourselves, tie our own shoes, write our own papers, so how can we
adjust that, modify that, and create it so that you can become independent again? Well, really there’s an infinite amount of
areas you could take your occupational therapy assistant degree. You can work
with children in schools, you can work in a preschool. There’s hospital settings, you
can work in home health. I even know some
companies hire occupational therapists to make sure their workers are having
the correct ergonomics and not injuring themselves, which would save the company
money. The occupational therapy assistant
program is a two-year program, where we do client transfers, we learn how to, like,
measure people’s range of motion, and you know, different types of things that
occupational therapists would do. You learn a lot through the first year and
then in the second year, you’re kind of working as an OTA and you learn a lot
there in those clinical settings. You
know there were, there were many of my classmates that were non-traditional
students. I only think there were only
a couple students that were truly traditional. And I think that because of
the varied scope of practice and the different settings along with you know
the different opportunities across the country that it applies to people that
are even well established in careers. As you grow, and as you change, so can the
career. There’s endless possibilities,
there’s endless different populations you can work with. Usually when we do work with individuals
that need an OTA it is to actually to get around the house, cook meals for their
family, bathing care, anything that’s needed on the day-to-day basis for the
clients. So luckily Washburn has set us up
with a facility here that can actually provide everything that we need to walk a
patient through what an intervention may consist of, so we’re actually able to practice
it here and then go out into the real world and
not feel uncomfortable with what we’re doing with a client. You don’t have to have like, a lot of
knowledge before coming into the program. They, help you and they train you. They start from the basics and they just
help you get into that setting and get you ready. So we not only want you to adapt and learn
the OT side of everything but we also want you to improve on your critical
thinking and your processing skills and your interprofessional skills and your
communication skills. I’ve never had teachers that care so
much about my personal well-being and my personal education and they will
make sure that each student has what they need. I feel like they go the extra
mile here at Washburn to really make sure you’re getting a good hands-on experience.