"I want students to see me as a mentor who is sensitive to the context (classroom or online) where they learn, the researcher who is abreast of current research and most of all, to see a person who is simply passionate about what she is doing." - Dr. Jessica Dolecheck, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School of Health Professions, College of Pharmaceutical & Health Sciences.
The Health Studies Department strives to produce highly competent, ethical, caring health professionals who can effect change for the better in the healthcare industry. The COTA to BSHS program is designed to provide an opportunity for the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Health Studies (BSHS) and advance to application to the Master’s in Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The BSHS is designed for the COTA graduate to transfer approximately 64 associate degree credit hours toward the bachelor’s degree; thus, accelerating baccalaureate completion in as little as three (3) full time semesters.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb. With our population aging and living with disabilities or other health concerns becoming more prevalent, the need for Occupational Therapists is a necessity. This program includes all necessary pre-requisites to prepare the OTA for application into the MOT program.
The BSHS in Healthcare Management/Marketing degree will not only prepare OTAs for application to the MOT program at ULM, but also prepares students for mid-level managerial employment in healthcare. Students take health studies courses such as Social Epidemiology, Healthcare Law, Healthcare Ethics and business courses which include Marketing, Management, and Finance. The BSHS degree provides a well-rounded background in healthcare business that enables students to advance in their careers with managerial responsibilities.