Occupational Therapy Assistant – Health Sciences & Education Division

[♪] [typing on keyboard] (man)
Occupational therapy is primarily getting someone back to being able to perform
their daily life activities by that I mean things like combing your hair,
brushing your teeth, doing laundry, being able to get back home and be independent. [♪] (woman)
In working with my peers in class,
we get to be very close because we see each other every day
and we’re working together on assignments. For example, this quarter
we worked quite a bit together on all the different physical agent modalities,
so it’s very much hands-on learning. [♪] (woman)
Technology is our newest innovation, I think,
and I certainly use it in my practice and I think OTs are the people
that are lifetime learners so we’re always learning about the medical field,
and what’s new, and what’s current. (Kim)
A lot of things can change on a dime and you have to be prepared
and be able to adapt accordingly to that so you just have to exude confidence (Kim)
because when you’re out there in the field,
that’s what a patient wants to see. (Laurie)
I’m gaining confidence, I’m working with people and I’m learning how to think outside the box
and just try new things and I can see how that would be really helpful
in working with patients. [♪] (Deborah)
OTs are in demand–
you know they can work just about anywhere: school districts, hospitals, nursing homes,
memory care units, ergonomics is very big I think you’re only limited by your imagination–
I think you can work just about anywhere. (Laurie)
Employment opportunities are on the rise and my goal has been to go into pediatrics
or in the public school system and work with children. (Kim)
I just had an internship, that was a
10-week internship at a skilled nursing facility I just finished with that–
that was really cool, very rewarding and I realized that I learned a lot from my classes and that’s definitely helped me a lot
in pursing my career and being able to help people. [♪] (Deborah)
You’ll never be bored in this job,
and you’ll feel good every time you go home because you can always find something
that’s gonna work for somebody and give them their independence
and get them back to what they’re passionate about. (Kim)
Being creative, making things fun
is going to get them more involved with therapy and ultimately get them better quicker. And when you see those patients
and they are going home it’s very motivating, it’s very heartwarming
knowing that I’ve helped that individual. [cheer] (Deborah)
It’s a good feeling to leave a patient or a client knowing that they feel good about themselves. [♪]

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