OTA faculty pull off drive-in pinning ceremony

Submitted by courtney.morris on Mon, 12/14/2020 - 03:34 PM

Congrats to all who made the occupational therapy assistant drive-in pinning ceremony at the South Campus a success Dec. 4!

OTA pinning ceremony
OTA students pose for a group photo at the end of the pinning ceremony.

Sheina Farooqui (OTA program director), Christine Joseph (academic fieldwork coordinator/instructor), and Vicki Thomas (part-time instructor) led the ceremony for the OTA class of 2021. These 12 students will embark on their Level II fieldwork (OT term for clinicals) in the spring.

“As faculty, we wanted to acknowledge our students for all the hard work to complete the didactic portion of this program in the middle of a pandemic,” Farooqui said. “They were constantly challenged and asked to be flexible and to trust the process while still learning.”

Farooqui drafted a detailed proposal to ensure the event followed all San Jac policies and kept participants safe. Once administrators approved the event, campus police and the College’s events planner helped reserve campus parking lots, supplies, and technology.

Students created their own unique parking lot signs and filled out pre-screening forms for all guests, a limit of four per student. Attendees parked in assigned spots outside the health science building during the event. After the awards presentations, the event ended with a drive-by procession.

“There were many unknown factors, including weather, but we persevered and produced a memorable event,” Farooqui said. “I know I won't ever forget this unique experience!”

OTA students participate in Level II fieldwork during their final semester. Supervised by a licensed OT or OTA, students will work with patients 35-40 hours a week in two eight-week rotations (pediatric, adult/physical disabilities, geriatric, etc.).

Launched in 2018, the OTA program received its seven-year accreditation in March 2020.

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