Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) candidates celebrated during a traditional pinning ceremony Saturday, May 11, 2019.
The ceremony dates back to the 1860s with Florence Nightingale awarding medals to her brightest students. The pinning ceremony became standard in 1916 for all students entering the medical field.
The Newman University OTA program began in the early 1990s and has celebrated its program members with a pinning ceremony since its inception.
The 2019 spring class consisted of 10 students.
Nancy Dahlinger, director of the Newman OTA program, said, “This class really embraces the occupational therapy philosophy of helping people participate in daily occupations that are meaningful to them at whatever level possible.”
The next step for the students is to complete 16 weeks of fieldwork internships in two different types of practice settings. The settings include school systems, hospitals, nursing homes, private practice and low vision clinics.
They will be eligible to graduate and begin employment in December 2019.
One OTA candidate stated, “Through this profession, I am able to bring light back into my future patients’ lives to be as independent as possible in everyday occupations that are meaningful to them. I have always longed to find a career that would allow me to change individuals’ lives in a positive way.”
The 2019 spring OTA candidates are:
- Madison Adams
- Alexandra “Ally” Buchanan
- Claire Fergen
- Cherrianna Meneses
- Erica Nola
- Allyson Pavlacka
- Jarod Peacock
- Jordan Schiefelbein
- Lindsay Wehkamp
- Dana Wild