Presentation Title

Exploring Experiences that Influence Occupational Therapy as a Career

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

Occupational Therapy

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Karen McCarthy, OTD, OTR/L

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

There is an abundance of students choosing to pursue a career in the healthcare field, however, compared to other healthcare professions, such as nursing and physical therapy, occupational therapy is not as favorable. The most contributing factor to an individual's reluctance to choose occupational therapy is the lack of knowledge of occupational therapy’s scope of practice. If that is the case, in which people are not choosing occupational therapy as a profession, what is it to say about those who are choosing occupational therapy? The purpose of this study is to further understand how first-hand experiences of occupational therapy have influenced students’ desire to pursue a career in occupational therapy. The efforts of this study hope to expand individuals’ understanding of occupational therapy and what it has to offer as a potential career choice. The nature of this study also allows participants to reflect on their own journey to occupational therapy and how it has affected themselves.

Comments

This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Exploring Experiences that Influence Occupational Therapy as a Career

There is an abundance of students choosing to pursue a career in the healthcare field, however, compared to other healthcare professions, such as nursing and physical therapy, occupational therapy is not as favorable. The most contributing factor to an individual's reluctance to choose occupational therapy is the lack of knowledge of occupational therapy’s scope of practice. If that is the case, in which people are not choosing occupational therapy as a profession, what is it to say about those who are choosing occupational therapy? The purpose of this study is to further understand how first-hand experiences of occupational therapy have influenced students’ desire to pursue a career in occupational therapy. The efforts of this study hope to expand individuals’ understanding of occupational therapy and what it has to offer as a potential career choice. The nature of this study also allows participants to reflect on their own journey to occupational therapy and how it has affected themselves.