Lone Star College (LSC)-Tomball's occupational therapy assistant program (a two year program leading toward an Associate of Applied Science degree) will be hosting an information session Feb. 19 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Room 120A at the LSC-Tomball Health Science Building, located at 700 Graham Dr. The session is free and open to the public.
According to Terra Ruppert, occupational therapy department director, the session will cover all aspects of the application process, including prerequisite courses, transcript information and the proper method of documenting prior experience.
Projected estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor suggest that demand for occupational therapist assistants will rise by 41 percent this year. With average earnings for such positions close to $49,000, earning an associate's degree in this field is a popular decision for students attempting to obtain degrees with high employment value.
Ruppert says that Lone Star's program prepares students well for the a future in the field, with a focus on “dynamic and hands-on” learning.
"The program," she said, "includes four semesters of in-class academic work followed by a 5th semester of full-time fieldwork experiences in a variety of places such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, community agencies, etc."
Applications for the program are due the last Tuesday in April each year, which this year falls on Apr. 29. For more information, contact Terra Ruppert at 281-826-5394 or email her at Terra.Ruppert@lonestar. edu