High School Students: The Right Program for You
Why Misericordia University's OT Progam Can Be the Right Program for You
Misericordia University offers each student an outstanding education through experiences in service learning, a strong liberal arts base, and a high quality preparation for professional practice in Occupational Therapy. Our program has several noteworthy features that enhance the students professional preparation.
- Our faculty has a combined experience of over 60 years of college teaching; all of our full-time faculty have doctorates; our faculty has published extensively including articles in major professional journals, chapters in core textbooks, and books in the area of Occupational Therapy. Several of our faculty have specialty certifications including board certification in pediatrics, and certificates in sensory integration.
- Misericordia University has over 900 fieldwork sites, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
- Many of over 1600 graduates are in supervisory or managerial positions enhancing our already well developed network of alumni professionals.
- We have an excellent history of pass rates on the national exam.
- We have an opportunity for an undergraduate major in psychology by taking a series of electives. This option is rarely available at other schools of Occupational Therapy.
- We have opportunities to take special topics courses in:
- Low vision rehabilitation
- Hand therapy
- Sign Language
- Assistive Technology
- Work Evaluation
- Neurodevelopmental Therapy
- We have developed a concentration in pediatrics where students, through electives, can enhance their entry level pediatric background, while maintaining their qualification as an entry level therapist.
- Learning through community service is embedded in several core courses in the Occupational Therapy curriculum. This process meshes with the service orientation of the university and with the interest of our students in providing service to society.
- Occupational Therapy students participate in learning experiences in the gross anatomy lab, which gives them a visual and tactile appreciation of the details of human form and function.
- Our students have opportunities to conduct entry level research in teams with faculty guidance. Many of the student studies have been coauthored and published in professional journals or presented at national and international conferences. For example, in 2000, 14 student/faculty projects were presented at the annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association in Philadelphia.
- We have one of the longest histories of providing quality education in Occupational Therapy in the region, and were one of the first schools in the area to offer an entry-level masters education. We were also one of the first schools in the region to be accredited under the new standards for entry level masters education, and are fully accredited until 2009-2010.
- Our students describe the faculty-student relationships as truly personal and exceptional, a key advantage that a small and friendly university can offer.
The Occupational Therapy Department is proud to be associated with the Assistive Technology Research Institute at Misericordia University. This presents a unique opportunity for students in our program!
The Director of Research at the Institute – Mr. Denis Anson - is known as a leading expert internationally in assistive technology and computer use, and he is an OT.
Our students, by virtue of this relationship:
- Have an opportunity to learn from Mr. Anson about how OTs are one of the leading professionals in the applications of assistive technology, so that people with disabilities can better perform their daily occupations.
- Do hand on practice with the technologies in our assistive tech labs.
- Can engage in research in this area. So far, several student research groups have conducted projects in concert with the Institute, providing a chance for our students to help people with disabilities directly, in a practical way. Students have presented projects at the national yearly meeting of RESNA – the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America – in Atlanta Georgia, and published their work with Mr. Anson in the top journals in the field, including The Journal of Assistive Technology. Link to the ATRI Web Site
- Participate in research that is fascinating and directly relevant to helping others. So what do they do? One example is the work of Stacie Hershey, Emily Usinowicz, Janine Hoffman, and Amanda Berry, Class of 2005. They looked at the performance of three different types of head pointers that use an infrared beam to act like a computer mouse. People with severe disabilities, unable to move a mouse by their hands, can move the cursor on a computer screen by manipulating this beam of light via a tiny reflective dot worn unobtrusively on a piece of clothing such as a baseball cap! In this way, a person can be linked to the world of the internet, can type out Word documents, and play computer games – all meaningful occupations for a person in today’s computer friendly world.