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Occupational Therapy Programs in Nevada

If hot dry terrains and gambling come to mind when you think of Nevada, you are not alone. However, the state also has impressive rivers and in addition to its desserts, the state has beautiful mountain ranges such as Sierra Nevada. While virtually everyone knows of the reputation of Las Vegas, the state's largest city, there are other well-known cities in Nevada such as the capital Carson City and Reno.

Other state attractions include Lehman Caves National Monument, Great Basin National Park and the ghost town of Virginia City and other ghost towns. The state is also popular for fishing, swimming, boating, camping and other outdoor activities. And one should never forget the ominous sight that is Hoover Dam. It is 726 feet in height and 1,244 feet in length and positioned between Arizona and Nevada on the Colorado River. The structure, named for President Herbert Hoover, was erected between 1931 and 1936 and remains one of the largest dams in the world.

If you are thinking of enjoying all that the state has to offer and furthering your education while you enjoy the sites, Touro University Nevada could be the place to start. The school of medical and professional education is independent and non-profit. Located in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, its mission is "to serve the larger community in keeping with the Judaic commitment to social justice, intellectual pursuit and service to humanity."

The university and its School of Occupational Therapy work with other institutions in the state including Touro University Nevada campus, Nevada State College and the College of Southern Nevada to support students as they work toward a degree. In 2006, The School of Occupational Therapy was accredited for a seven-year period by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The school offers an entry-level master's degree that when earned allows graduates to practice as an occupational therapy professional. The program can be completed in two years and the cost of attending the school is relatively low when compared to other institutions.

The curriculum is designed to help students familiarize themselves with the various areas of occupational therapy and give them an idea of the career choices they will have when they complete the program. There are many work environments they could find themselves in after graduation. They could be working in hospitals or working in community programs and aiding residents in a homeless shelter. Therapists may ultimately find themselves working with abuse victims, prisoners, clients in group homes or with students in schools.

According to the college's website the following are some of its common specialty areas: hand/arm/shoulder rehabilitation, treatment of school aged children , early childhood intervention services, environmental or home modification, treatment of people with neurological difficulties, treatment of people with mental health difficulties and geriatric rehabilitation practice. And one of the schools most recently added specialties is the evaluation and rehabilitation of the older driver.

The last specialty could definitely be put to practical use as the elderly population continues to rise and senior citizens decide to continue driving to maintain their independence.