Occupational Therapy

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EKU Online graduate Emma McClellan
Occupational therapy is Emma McClellan’s second career. She originally went to art school and worked in metal shops and bronze foundries. When two coworkers each lost a finger, she found herself interested in their exercises and the difference their OT made for them. “I watched them go from despair to feeling like they got their...
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Person uses a 3-D printer to make mask extenders
Advancements in 3-D printing technology have allowed for the generation of low-cost adaptive devices. The technology in rehabilitation course (OTS 825) recently completed a module exploring the use of 3-D printing to generate adaptive devices and solutions for a variety of client needs.  Shortly after the courses were moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic,...
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Occupational therapist helps young boy with balance exercise
Eastern Kentucky University was one the first schools in the country to offer a 100% online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy.
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2019 Graduates walking across the stage in their gowns
Ten EKU Online students just became doctors of occupational therapy. Originating from Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia, they traveled to EKU to walk across the stage and celebrate with us.
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
I look back to when I began this journey and am so grateful to the faculty of EKU and what each one contributed to my personal growth.  I would not be where I am today without their encouragement, support, and guidance.  It was not easy, but it was worth all the effort to have grown...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
My experiences in the online OTD program allowed me to learn how to be an evidence-based practitioner; from how to read and analyze research articles to implementing my own research. For example, I work with clients admitted into a palliative care program in an acute care setting. I did not know about palliative care except...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
I’ve always been the type to ask a lot of questions, but after working as a bachelor’s trained occupational therapist for a couple of years my questions became more frequent. “Does this intervention really work for this client?” “Is this the best approach to use with this family?” “How can I develop a program that...
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
Another benefit of earning an OTD is the ability to teach in an occupational therapy education program.
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
One of the most important benefits of earning the OTD degree is that it will give you the edge you need to provide occupational therapy services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Occupational Therapist speaking with a patient in a wheelchair
When you are deciding on an educational program, one of the best strategies is to educate yourself about options. Occupational therapists could practice with a bachelor of science degree until 2007, at which time the degree requirement changed and occupational therapists were required to enter the field with either a master’s degree or professional doctorate...
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