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OTA Program Open House Scheduled for October 17
October 11, 2019

Walters State’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program will hold an open house for prospective students from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. The event will be in the dining hall of the college’s Niswonger Campus in Greeneville.
Faculty members will explain the application process and answer questions in presentations beginning at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Current students will also be available to talk about the program and give tours. 
Just what does an occupational therapy assistant do?
“An occupational therapy assistant helps individuals live life to the fullest. We help patients improve and reach milestones so they can better do what is needed in everyday life. For an older person, that may mean teaching someone how to eat or how to dress. If the patient is a child, we may play with that child in order to develop a needed skill,” said Courtney Boren, program director.
One common misconception is that occupational therapy assistants are exclusively involved in vocational rehabilitation. While an occupational therapy assistant may help someone injured in a workplace accident, that’s is not the only or even the central focus of the profession.
“For us, an occupation means anything you do during the day. We sometimes even help with something you do in your sleep,” Boren explained.  
Occupational therapy assistants in this area make salaries comparable to nurses, and the job prospects are good. Boren has already received calls about job openings for the first class. Graduates will work in skilled nursing facilities, home health, outpatient treatment centers and in schools. 
RSVPs are not required for the event. For more information, contact Autumn Lamb at 423-798-8187 or Autumn.Lamb@ws.edu. 
 
In the picture: Courtney Boren, director of Walters State’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, works with students at the college’s Niswonger Campus. The program will host an open house for anyone interested in learning about the profession from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the dining hall of the campus.