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Community College and University Join to Offer Online Occupational Therapy Program



Posted February 24, 2011 07:50 PM

Community College and University Join to Offer Online Occupational Therapy Program
Community College and University Join to Offer Online Occupational Therapy Program
As baby boomers age into retirement, and advances in healthcare become integrated into the industry, more trained professionals will be needed in a growing number of fields. For example, the occupational therapy sector is expected to experience a 26% growth in employment by 2018, which is more than double the national average for all other occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Those who wish to launch careers in this field can benefit from earning a degree from an accredited program, such as the one offered by Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. Officials from the school recently announced that the institution will offer online occupational and physical therapy programs, Advance reports.

"Really, the application pool has supported [adding new programs]," said D'Ann Dennis, director of allied health and nursing programs at Crowder, the media outlet reports. "The numbers are increasing."

The programs - which are the result of a collaborative effort with Ozark Technical College - should be available by 2012. Participants can complete coursework online and labwork at Crowder's campus.

According to the BLS, occupational therapists earned average annual salaries of $66,780 in 2008.

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