"I am a first-generation college student in my family and the first to go to graduate school. The path to get here required persistence and hard work. I am so thankful to the ISU OT department faculty for helping me get to where I am and for equipping me with the tools necessary to be an effective and passionate occupational therapist. I come out of this program not knowing the answer to everything about occupational therapy but instead with the confidence that I will be able find the answer and succeed because I was taught how to think like an OT. Knowledge in the medical field is always expanding and healthcare is constantly evolving. The education provided in this program ensures future OT’s will be able to not only keep up with the ever-changing landscape but be innovators in their settings. My time and experience in this program will be something I am forever grateful for." Hannah Golden, MOTS, Class of 2018
"I have had a great experience during Idaho State University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program. I really appreciated the small class sizes, an emphasis on evidence-based practice and being involved with research and future research publications that are very pertinent to current needs in OT practice, collaboration with speech language pathology and physical therapy students, and having faculty and administrative staff that were available to assist me when I needed it. This program has helped to shape me into an emerging leader in the field by providing me with the tools, resources, and support that I need to be successful. I highly recommend this program for individuals who desire to pursue a degree in occupational therapy." Aubrey Riley, MOTS, Class of 2018
"I started my occupational therapy education as an out of state student, who had never been to Idaho prior to my first week of school. I applied to several other schools when I was graduating from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and I was accepted into three of them. After being accepted I laid my offers down on the table and I chose the ISU MOT program based on the following two things: reasonably priced graduate program tuition and an excellent passing rate on the national board exam. After graduating from ISU in the spring of 2017 I can tell you that choosing ISU was definitely the right choice. Some of the characteristics of the program that I think helped me to grow and develop as a therapist are the small class sizes, which really allows you to get to know your professors well and allows lectures to be very inclusive and interactive. The faculty at ISU does an awesome job of getting you hands on experience through the use of community volunteers and interaction with community resources such as Early Learning centers to facilitate learning that you can commit to memory. They also have several guest lectures from people in other disciplines to expand your knowledge. I had nothing, but positive interactions with my professors and I enjoyed having the opportunity to attend the AOTA conference in 2016 and 2017 with my classmates and faculty. through the scholarship opportunities that are available through the MOT program and the Graduate School program at ISU. I felt confident going into boards and I passed with room to spare. I truly enjoyed my time in the ISU MOT program and I felt that I not only developed knowledge, but also grew as a person." Jesse Sutton Class of 2017
"The Idaho State University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program provided an excellent education. The professors are exceptional therapists and teachers. Student to staff ratio allowed for great mentorship opportunities and individualized education. Every tool needed to thrive and succeed in graduate school was provided. Idaho State has established a reputation for producing top quality students and professionals. I will always be grateful for the education I received there and will continue striving towards the high standards set in this program." Tyler McOmber, MOTR/L, Class of 2017
"I am thankful to the ISU MOT program for instructing me with the values and tools I needed not only to acquire my dream job, but to succeed as an Occupational Therapist." Rachel West, OTR/L
"The education I received from the Occupational Therapy program at Idaho State University was comprehensive, individualized, and cooperative. I left feeling prepared for practice and embark on my professional career. I was not only prepared to be a therapist in a variety of settings, but I was also prepared to be leader in the among my professional peers." Sarah Mennear, MOTR/L, Class of 2009
"My experiences with the Idaho State University Occupational Therapy program were very positive. The curriculum met my individual learning needs as it was experiential and "hands-on.” The faculty drew from their rich practice experiences and provided a diverse range of information covering the wide variety of interventions and settings. Overall, I felt the program thoroughly prepared me by helping me to attain the necessary skills to be an entry level OT. I highly recommend the ISU OT program."
Heather Corbet, MOTR/L, Class of 2009
"The OT program at ISU provided me the skills and knowledge to become a competent occupational therapist. The professors are experts in their fields and were willing to help with ANYTHING in order for me to succeed. I loved the endless hands-on experiences, small classroom sizes, and relationships that formed. I started my first job working as the only occupational therapist at a hospital in a rural community, which required me to work in all acute-care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings. I was confident that I could take on the challenge and be successful due to the education I received while in the OT program."
Kathryn Peet, MOTR/L, Class of 2009
"The ISU staff were true to their mission of educating rural occupational therapists. I feel that this approach is very beneficial for the current healthcare climate and our local area. I now appreciate even more the opportunity for hands-on patient care within our coursework. This provided the opportunity to practice skills, develop confidence, and learn how to take and receive constructive feedback. The generic abilities are a unique and pivotal element within the program. These skills are crucial to becoming a true professional. We have a distinct responsibility for continuing our profession and the staff at ISU helped us understand and appreciate our role within a larger organization. The program helped me develop as an individual and professional. I value the ability to utilize evidence-based practice and understand the importance of continued education." Mandy Lee, OTR/L
"Having grown up with a sister who had received Occupational and Physical Therapy, coupled with previous experience working with children with autism, I knew I wanted to be an Occupational Therapist. The Occupational Therapy program at Idaho State University was the answer to my professional dream. The class sizes were small, the professors were always available for questions, and the information presented was evidence-based, challenging and exciting, taught in a very hands-on fashion. I feel like I graduated with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that has allowed me to do a job that I continue to be passionate about. I will always have fond memories of my time in the ISU Occupational Therapy program."
Lacey Osgood, MOTR/L, ATP-Class of 2003