OT Student Opportunities
Students in the Department of Occupational Therapy have many opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. From studying in a foreign country, to presenting original research in the discipline, our students are on the forefront of culture, change, and academic excellence.
Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) is the national honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. The goal of PTE is to advance the occupational therapy profession. High-achieving students are invited to join the Upsilon Chapter of PTE at Elizabethtown College during the spring of their junior year, according to national PTE guidelines. PTE sponsors scholarly and influential speakers, organizes and staffs the Occupational Therapy Graduate Research Symposium and contributes to the local community through service activities such as hosting dances for children with disabilities and participating in the annual Rebuilding Together work day.
The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a voluntary club for all undergraduate and graduate OT students. The purpose of SOTA is to bring those interested in occupational therapy together and to provide an opportunity for individuals to learn, become involved, and advocate for the profession. We promote occupational therapy on our campus, and represent Etown College at national events including AOTA Student Conclave and the annual AOTA National Conference. We also serve the community through engaging in many service events throughout the year.
The world is too big to not spend any time understanding it! While at Etown, you’ll have the option to spend a semester abroad during your junior year, while majoring in occupational therapy, and still graduate on-time! We work with you to plan your academic coursework so that you can take advantage of a global opportunity. Additional short-term experiences are available during the college breaks.
The purpose of Honors in the Discipline is to recognize outstanding college seniors majoring in Occupational Therapy and to provide an advanced learning experience for highly motivated students. This learning experience allows you to explore an area of interest via a supervised independent project. Honors are recorded on your transcript and in the commencement program. Students who complete honors in the discipline present their work at the College’s Scholarship & Creative Arts Day. Some students may also present their projects at state, national, and international occupational therapy conferences!
During the graduate curriculum, all OT students participate in faculty-led scholarly projects that serve as an opportunity to apply and integrate professional reasoning, critical thinking, and practical research skills around a topic of interest. You will present your project to colleagues, families, faculty, and clinical practitioners at the Graduate Research Symposium, which is a part of Elizabethtown College's Scholarship and Creative Arts Day (SCAD). Many of the completed projects are also presented at state, national, and international OT conferences.