Student News

Holmes Community College

The Holmes Community College OTA program was excited to host the MSOTA 5K/10K event in April of 2017.  The OTA students volunteered and enjoyed the opportunity to network with OT professionals and other race participants from around the state!

In June 2017, the OTA students participated in a pediatric day camp for the children at Warren-Yazoo Mental Health (WYMH) on the Yazoo campus.  The OTA students led daily groups of children ranging in ages 5-17.  During these daily groups, the OTA students provided the children with a multitude of activities to address their psychosocial needs, including teamwork skills, communication skills, and coping skills.  In collaboration with the WYMH staff, Holmes' OTA students also developed groups aimed to increase the participant's success in the community and at home.  The OTA students utilized theoretical basis and practical application or group intervention under the direction of their OTA instructors.

The HCC program has accepted 20 students for the Fall 2017 cohort.  There are currently 14 students in their second year and they will begin their fieldwork experiences soon.  The OTA faculty is very excited about the classes and is eager to begin the Fall 2017 semester.  The OTA faculty would also like to say a special "thank you" to the clinical instructors for providing their expertise and time!

Ittawamba Community College

ICC is gearing up for the Fall 2017 semester!  Fourteen students were selected from an applicant pool of 150 to enter the program this fall.  A pinning ceremony was held this past May to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017 graduates.  All of the graduates have taken and passed the NBCOT exam on their first attempt and, at the time of this publication, 92% have secured jobs.

This past year, students had the opportunity to participate in a ton of community service events including Angel's Pageant, A Night to Shine, Ronald McDonald House, Alzheimer's Walk, Special Olympics, and Camp Tik-a-with a.  These were all wonderful experiences for the students and they are looking forward to being able to serve again this next school year.

ICC hosted a fall and spring pediatric forum provided by Macia Washington.  These sessions were attended by approximately 30 pediatric practitioners.  ICC has partnered with Marcia for the past 2 years and plan to continue this bi-annual event.

As always, ICC can't say enough about how much their fieldwork educators are appreciated!  "It is your expertise and willingness to take time to invest in our student and further their learning experience that truly allows them to progress from student to OT practitioner!" 

Pearl River Community College

PRCC sophomores enjoyed a week at Civitan Camp in Wiggins, MS ion late July 2017 helping to provide a memorable and enriching week for adults with developmental disabilities.  These students will be starting Level 1 fieldwork in the fall semester.  Much appreciation to all of our fieldwork educators!

The program has accepted a new class of freshmen who are bringing their enthusiasm and excitement about Occupational Therapy!

University of Mississippi Medical Center

The UMMC MOT program accepted its final master’s class this summer and is in the process of transitioning to an entry-level doctorate degree. The OT Department plans to enroll its first entry-level doctoral (OTD) students in summer 2018. As part of the typical accreditation process for a transitioning program, UMMC has submitted a candidacy application to ACOTE for review and approval. This is a detailed plan for implementing the OTD program. They expect to have a response on this review by the first of the year. Upon receiving candidacy status, UMMC will be poised to officially accept their first OTD class in summer 2018.

The program had begun this move prior to the August mandate requiring all entry-level OT programs to transition to a doctorate degree. The faculty were very proactive and forward thinking in this transition planning. Now, they are very well poised to be among the first group of OT programs in the nation making this change. There is a great deal of information on the UMMC website regarding the rationale for the transition decision along with the planned UMMC OTD curriculum.

A heartfelt thanks to all of the UMMC fieldwork educators who have been such a big support through the years. The program looks forward to continuing to partner with you through fieldwork education. This degree will not only allow UMMC to maintain its existing fieldwork relationships but also provide an opportunity to further advance partnerships through a third long term specialty internship both in traditional and non-traditional settings. UMMC looks forward to sharing more information with you on our new program in the upcoming months.

August 20, 2017 marked 35 years of continuous service at the University of Mississippi Medical center for a local OT icon – Sandy Lowman. Sandy has been the program administrator taking care of many OT faculty and countless students through the years. The UMMC OT faculty threw Sandy a surprise party to recognize her years of service. The party theme was 35 – where everything came in 35s – 35 petite fours – a dessert fave, 35 of her favorite fruits, 35 packs of crackers – a common afternoon snack, 35 footsteps taped to the floor with adjectives describing her wonderful personality, and 35 of her most favorite sayings around the office. While 35 was the number of the day, Sandy reminded us that she had been at UMMC once her most recent employment – so her total years of service to UMMC is 40!