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. Kathleen Mallozzi Hastings has been a physical therapist for more than 30 years and an educator for more than 20. She has taught at the university since 2007. She is also a physical therapist and the coordinator of clinical education at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville.
Previously, she has been a physical therapist working in home health care, inpatient, extended care, and outpatient orthopaedic settings. Her teaching career includes Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, and Manatee Community College in Bradenton.
Her professional service includes being co-chair and a central panel member of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, as well as an on-site reviewer. She also was an advisory board member for the Santa Fe College Physical Therapist Assistant Program. She is a former Test Item Writing Committee Member for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. In 1998, she received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.