With the new branding platform for The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA), “Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest™,” now is the perfect time to showcase how the University’s Occupational Therapy (OT)
students are sharpening their specialty skills within their profession. In honor of National OT Month, learn more about our students and the University’s OT program. This year’s celebration is even more special, as the profession turns 100. In honor of OT Month, current students share what has led them to the career paths they are pursuing today, what stands out about this field, and why they “chose Salus.”
Erika Sakkestad, '18OT
"I chose OT because of the profession's focus on independence and individuality. It is important to be able to live the life you want to live to enhance your confidence and overall well-being. I also love that OT recognizes the unique needs of every individual. Helping people achieve this independence based on their unique needs is an experience I am looking forward to."
Kelly Ball, '18OT
"I chose Occupational Therapy because I wanted to be in a profession where I could make an impact on individuals' lives, and help individuals get back to performing their meaningful occupations. I was originally drawn to OT because there are so many populations and settings you can work in, and I liked the variability of the profession."
"I picked Salus because I really felt like the faculty were very personal and friendly during my interviews. Also, I think it was very beneficial to have professors who are currently practicing in the field and who can share real life experiences with students! One thing I love about the Salus OT program is the faculty's passion for OT."
Chelsea Blaney, '18OT
"Although this passion started with my parents, it was my high school’s Special Olympics Event that led me to OT. I knew in my future, I wanted to work with people with disabilities helping them live life to the fullest and OT was the perfect profession to do so."
Josie Ann Bachman, '19OT
OT at Salus
The mission of the University’s OT program is to provide an interprofessional academic experience that is grounded in the core principles of occupation and influenced by emerging knowledge and technologies, leading to improved health and well-being for the individuals, communities, and populations that graduates will serve.