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  • COTA Schools and Jobs

      As the number of schools increase that teach the OTA program, are the graduates able to find jobs? One source I follow says no, but others say they are finding job offers. The one common thread I am finding though is some COTAs are completing three or more interviews before landing a job.   I do see changes in Medicare happening, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 11, 2013
  • Career Resources

    A career is always a work in progress. Whether you are a high-school student weighing what you want to be ''when you grow up,'' a college student preoccupied with landing that first job out of school, or a veteran clinician who's been in the field a decade or more, there are always things to work on to make yourself a better practitioner and ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on March 22, 2013
  • Hygiene in the Clinic

     At work today another staff member cautioned me to wash my hands often, as there seemed to be a bug in the building. Back in school I remember the importance that was stressed with proper hand washing techniques, before and after treatment with each patient, before and after eating, and after any ADL's. As a teacher I remember teaching the ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on March 5, 2013
  • COTA Salaries

      Some time ago I wrote a blog about COTA salaries, and in it I mentioned that with the increased cost of schooling and decrease in salaries that soon we may see a shortage of people seeking to enter the field. Was that a bad prediction?   The cost of the two required years of OTA school can vary greatly. At the local community ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on February 26, 2013
  • My CEO Makes How Much?

      Just the other day I was talking with one of the nurses I work with, and we got into a discussion of wasted dollars in healthcare. One of the patients was upset because for three days in a row the lab nurse came to draw blood. Another patient was mad because they were being sent out to the hospital for a routine procedure that could have ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 28, 2013
  • I Am A COTA

      This is a topic I've covered before, but I've always wanted to show the emblem I was given after passing my national exam. It was actually enclosed in the envelope with my passing test results. My certification exam was completed under AOTCB (American Occupational Therapy Certification Board) which used to be a part of AOTA (American ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 9, 2013
  • A Day on the Job

      As a COTA you'll find some days can be a bit more stressful than others. I guess today was one of those days because I came home tired and frustrated, some from work, some from the drive home, some from a stop I had to make on the way home. Fortunately most days don't go like this. I really do enjoy being a COTA, but to let you know there ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 6, 2013
  • Alaskan OT Student Wins Dr. Pepper Scholarship

    [Editor's note: ADVANCE thanks Dr. Brenda Coppard, associate dean and OT faculty member at Creighton, for sharing this information.] One of Creighton University’s first-year occupational therapy students in Alaska has won a $2500 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway scholarship, and has the opportunity to win a $100,000 prize! Jennifer Stenga, OTS ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on November 16, 2012
  • RA Passes Re-vamping Measures

          Not long after rejecting a restructuring proposal that would have replaced the RA with a 15- to 21-member regional council yesterday, the Representative Assembly moved ahead to look at the issues that proposal addressed. The assembly voted 35-27 against a re-constituted motion put forth by outgoing President Penny Moyers ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 30, 2010
  • Conference Update: A Speed Bump in the Future of OT Education?

    It's widely known within the profession that occupational therapy has an education ''problem.''  The issue isn't in the quality of its academics, nor in a lack of program levels or foci. The difficulty that is arising lies in how far and wide the scope of topics and skill sets can go in entry-level training.  That is, what ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 23, 2009