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OTA students put lessons to use in cheerful community outreach


Occupational Therapy Assistant Club members (from left) Cayla M. Rogers, of Selinsgrove; Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Elizabeth Wellar, of Bellefonte; Kaylin J. Walker, of Liberty; and Kayla N. Kern, of Williamsport, dress up to brighten patients’ day at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Club members (from left) Cayla M. Rogers, of Selinsgrove; Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Elizabeth Wellar, of Bellefonte; Kaylin J. Walker, of Liberty; and Kayla N. Kern, of Williamsport, dress up to brighten patients’ day at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
Carissa N. Rutledge, of Williamsport; Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Eve M. Verona, of Pocono Lake; Kayla N. Kern, of Williamsport; and Maria M. Polonia, of Wellsboro, stand ready to help residents at Valley View Nursing and Rehab Center to participant in the center’s Resident Fair.
Carissa N. Rutledge, of Williamsport; Felicia Baker, of Mifflinburg; Eve M. Verona, of Pocono Lake; Kayla N. Kern, of Williamsport; and Maria M. Polonia, of Wellsboro, stand ready to help residents at Valley View Nursing and Rehab Center to participant in the center’s Resident Fair.

Students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Club recently dressed as Disney princesses to visit pediatric patients at the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville. After their visit, the students provided a meal for the families of those ill children at the nearby Ronald McDonald House. Club members also volunteered their time to support the Valley View Nursing and Rehab Center’s Resident Fair. “The students helped residents to participate in games and activities, even using their emerging occupational therapy skills to adapt the environment or task so all residents and family members could participate,” explained Jeanne M. Kerschner, director of occupational therapy assistant.
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Comments

Kim Schweikart,

These students are very kind, generous and willing to help in any way possible. They truly are going to make very good Occupational Therapists.

Trey Kurtz,

I love to read about how these and many other Penn College students impact our local communities! I have the utmost respect for the vastly growing Occupational Therapy field! There are no words to explain the importance of improving quality of life to vulnerable individuals in need of assistance in our local surrounding communities. I am stunned and more baffled as to why Penn College is discontinuing the OTA program that has brought them so much success. That program has thrived and drawn attention to the demanding need of OTAs in and around our local communities. I’m saddened at their announcement to close the program that has touched the hearts of so many near and dear to all of us. I understand there may be aspects unbeknownst to myself and others prompting such a rash decision, but clearly there is a need for this developing career field. I wish they would reconsider … this article serves as a minuscule reminder of the impact these students are capable of, once graduated, the possibilities are endless … I sincerely wish them well in their future endeavors!

Candace Lynne Verona,

Too bad they are closing such a wonderful program

The following response has been provided by Academic Affairs:

“We understand that no longer accepting new students into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science program is upsetting to the students and families who are impacted by this change, which resulted following a self-assessment that considered program enrollments, responsiveness to industry demand, peer offerings, and a host of other factors.

“We are committed to working with each student in evaluating their educational goals and exploring options that may be a good fit here at Penn College.

“Students who are already enrolled in the program will be fully supported by the program faculty and staff to complete their degrees as scheduled through the program end date, and to achieve their goal of becoming a licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant.

“Pre-program students may consider other degree offerings within the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Each of these majors represents a vital piece of the health care system with excellent outcomes and job opportunities. Students are encouraged to reach out to their program director to discuss these options.

“Please be assured that the college stands ready to assist all in-program and pre-program Occupational Therapy Assistant students in every way possible moving forward.”

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