Explore occupational therapy at summer career camp

The camp is being held June 27-29 on campus.
March 10, 2010

Misericordia University is offering rising high school juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to gain extensive hands-on experience at the residential Occupational Therapy Career Exploration Camp in June.

The three-day, two-night Occupational Therapy Career Exploration Camp on June 27-29 gives students the opportunity to learn about the occupational therapy profession, meet faculty and students in the OT department and tour clinical sites in the region where occupational therapists practice. Community site visits allow students to observe the wide range of services offered by OT therapists, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, hospital treatments and pediatric services.

Through the years, the camp has been very popular with high school students who wish to explore a possible career in this specialized health care field. Students have routinely stated in exit surveys that the camp provided them the information and tools they needed to make an educated decision on future careers.

“Thank you so much for having this OT camp. It made me 100 percent sure that this is what I want my career to be in,’’ a student who attended 2009’s camp stated. “Your summer program provided an excellent introduction to both your campus and your occupational therapy program. This is a great asset to high school students looking at making the big college decision,’’ another student from last summer’s camp wrote.

The camp costs $90 and enrollment is limited. For more information or to register for the 2010 camp, please contact Debbie Carey at (570) 674-6391 or For more information about the OT program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6481 or log on to

The Misericordia University Occupational Therapy Career Exploration Camp is one of eight popular career exploration camps that Misericordia University offers in June. MU also offers residential camps in biology, business, English, teacher education, communications & media, nursing and speech-language pathology. During the three- and four-day academic camps, participating students receive a firsthand look into a particular career field through a mixture of clinical, laboratory, classroom and field experience. Students also experience what it is like to live on campus during their overnight stay.


Kellenberg Memorial High School student Kristie Farrigan of Farmingdale, N.Y., left, and Ridley High School student Kelsey Whiteman of Folsom, Pa., attempt to cut a watermelon during the disabilities luncheon at the Misericordia University Occupational Therapy Career Exploration Camp. The luncheon allows students to experience what it's like to do everyday activities with a physical disability.

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