At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
Dr. Petersen is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy program on the San Marcos, CA campus. He brings more than 12 years of experience working in both clinical practice and in various academic roles. His clinical background has focused on working with children in clinics and schools. He has also worked with adult populations in hospitals and rehabilitation.
Dr. Petersen received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and both his Master of Arts and post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. He is completing his PhD in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, where his dissertation focus is transitioning to adulthood for individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and autism.