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UIndy Offering Entry-Level Master’s & Doctoral Degrees in OT

In 2015, the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy will offer two entry-level OT degrees. Each degree, the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) will prepare students to successfully enter the workforce as practicing occupational therapists. There are two differences in the degree levels: 1.) format (1 day/week

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CHS Welcomes New Admissions Counselor for PT Programs

When prospective students inquire about UIndy's Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs, the person on the other end of the e-mail or phone is Amber Clarke, the newest Admissions Counselor in the university's College of Health Sciences. Clarke is an Indianapolis native and a graduate of Marian University. She came to UIndy

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PT-OT-PTA Open House at UIndy on September 13

If you are looking for a career that is fun and rewarding, look no further than the worlds of physical and occupational therapy. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapist assistants enjoy rewarding careers while making a positive difference in the quality of life for their patients.  PTs, OTs, and PTAs take a personal approach

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New Additions to Health Sciences and Student Life at UIndy

Earlier in the year, President Robert Manuel announced the approval of a $50-Million budget for some new and exciting initiatives to improve the university and its surrounding community. Among these changes are plans that will not only enhance the quality of popular programs within the College of Health Sciences, but will also increase the variety

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CHS Dean pens editorial for Journal of Physical Therapy Education

Throughout the course of her career as a physical therapist, University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, has been interested and involved in clinical education. That expertise led to her invitation to author an editorial, "On the Summit," on the evolution of clinical physical therapist education in the recent, special-edition

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Two UIndy OT professors earn doctoral degrees

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce that assistant professors Lori Breeden, EdD, OTR and Alison Nichols, OTD, OTR recently successfully defended their dissertations and earned their doctoral degrees. Dr. Nichols defended her doctoral capstone in May and graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Doctor of Occupational

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Staples receives Lucy Blair Service Award from APTA

Krannert School of Physical Therapy Associate Professor William H. “Bill” Staples, PT, DPT, DHSc, GCS, recently received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In addition to his work as a professor, Staples also serves as a lead reviewer for APTA clinical residency and fellowship programs, including the evaluation of

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Hands-on disability awareness activity drives home lesson for PT students

The commotion could be heard from down the hall. An entire class of first-year physical therapy students stood in line waiting to become disabled — for an hour or so at least. It was the annual "Disability Awareness Luncheon," an activity that aims to help students in the UIndy Krannert School of Physical Therapy step

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Professor finds public health gives broader perspective

UIndy physical therapy professor Anne Meija-Downs, PT, MPH has focused her physical therapy practice on health promotion and wellness. After working for several years with cardiac and pulmonary patients in a PT setting, Anne decided she wanted to bring a public health perspective to her world of physical therapy. “Public health allows us to look

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UIndy School of OT enjoys long-term partnership with Hendricks Regional Health

Reprinted with permission from Hendricks Regional Health (HRH). Written by Aimee Ketterer, HRH Marketing Communications Specialist Hendricks Regional Health occupational therapist, Dr. Lucinda Dale (pictured at right with two MOT students), is a professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. For the past 10 years, her student research groups have

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CHS Dean to speak at Ohio State University

Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, dean of the University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences, will speak as the 2014 Leader in Physical Therapy presenter at Ohio State University on Wednesday, April 30. Kelly was invited to address the OSU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Physical Therapy because of her roles as the

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Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award given to OT professor

Dr. Candy Beitman, associate professor of occupational therapy at the University of Indianapolis, was recently honored as one of two recipients of the Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award. The Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award was created in 2005 in honor of the commitment to interfaith awareness and interaction by then President Jerry Israel.  A medallion

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PT student named UIndy Student Volunteer of the Year

Libby Anderl is a second-year doctor of physical therapy student at the University of Indianapolis. By definition, that makes her one busy woman. Yet, Anderl makes time in her busy schedule to participate in a host of community and university volunteer activities. That dedication to service recently earned her recognition as the UIndy Student Volunteer

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Conference to help clinicians transition to teaching

Career transitions require preparation and forward thinking. Transitioning from working in a clinical environment as an occupational or physical therapist, nurse, or other healthcare professional to teaching at the college level requires the same. The Institute for Emerging Educators in Healthcare (IEEH), which will take place at the University of Indianapolis from August 7-9, 2014,

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Job Fair to match therapists & students with employers

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences will host the area's largest job fair for occupational therapists, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of those professions on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 4:00-6:30p.m. The job fair will take place in Nicoson Hall on the UIndy campus (see a campus map here.)  More than

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UIndy OT faculty to make mark at national conference

The American Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference and Expo will take place April 3-6 in Baltimore. While there, several UIndy School of Occupational Therapy faculty members will be taking stage to receive awards or make presentations. Lucinda Dale, EdD, OTR, CHT will be recognized for her recent selection as a member of the AOTA Roster

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UIndy PT Assistant student to participate in national APTA forum

Albert Wong, a student in UIndy's Physical Therapist Assistant program, has been selected as a participant in the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Federal Advocacy Forum. Wong will be serving as a student representative of the Indiana chapter of the APTA (INAPTA). The forum will take place from April 6-8, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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School of Occupational Therapy awards first endowed scholarship

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences is proud to announce the first endowed scholarship for the School of Occupational Therapy. Created as part of the 25th anniversary of the OT program, the School of Occupational Therapy Alumni Scholarship was made possible thanks to more than thirty OT alumni and faculty members, along with

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Article explores behavioral health role of Army OTs

Dr. Kate DeCleene Huber, director of the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy (SOT) and alumni Paul Arthur coauthored an article titled "Behavioral Health Competence: An Exploration of Army Reserve Occupational Therapists" that is published in the March 2014 issue of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. Arthur and DeCleene Huber surveyed Army Reserve occupational

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NIH grant supports innovative stroke research

A grant from the National Institutes of Health is helping UIndy physical therapy professor Stephanie Combs-Miller use the latest wireless technology to study how stroke patients walk, in an effort to develop more effective rehabilitation techniques. Visit the UIndy News Blog to learn more about Dr. Combs-Miller's latest research efforts.