6. Proof of Licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a registered nurse exempts the student from taking the PRAXIS I exams. * Gannon University students enrolled in the BSN-NURS or BSN-RNBS or ND-RNMS programs may be eligible to pursue this certificate. Students must declare their intent to obtain the certification to the school nurse certificate director and complete appropriate paperwork. Upon completion of the BSN program and proof of licensure as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the student must file a certification approval form with the School of Nursing to initiate the formal School Nurse Certification Process. Permanent Certification Pennsylvania offers permanent certification as a School Nurse when a graduate of a School Nurse Certification program has accumulated a minimum of 24 post-baccalaureate credit hours within 6 years of initial certification. In most cases, courses taken toward School Nurse Certification count toward permanent certification as long as they have been taken after the date on which the initial BSN degree was granted.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AMY BRZUZ, OTD, OTR/L, Chair FACULTY: Associate Professor: Bernadette Hattjar, David LeVan. Assistant Professors: Jeffrey Boss, Amy Brzuz, Julia Hawkins, Nicole Lavery. Instructors: Karen Probst, Lindsay Church Hawkins. The Occupational therapy program allows opportunities for in-depth study and field practicum experiences with individuals of all ages who have limited capacity to perform in their everyday lives. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist the individual to achieve the maximum level of independent living through remediation of or adaptation to physical, cognitive, perceptual, or mental health impairments. This program is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in occupational therapy. Gannonâ€™s OT Program has two points of entry: a five-year, entry-level masters degree program, beginning at the Freshman year, and a three-year entry level masters degree program for students who enter after obtaining a baccalaureate degree in another field. Students in the fiveyear program are awarded a baccalaureate degree in health sciences at the end of their fourth year. Upon completion of their fifth year students are awarded a Master of Science degree and are eligible to take the National Certification Examination. Students in the threeyear program graduate with the Master of Science degree and are eligible to take the National Certification Examination at the end of the three-year program. Two three month clinical fieldwork experiences are required during the summer and fall of the last year of the program. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA. Space may be available for transfer into the sophomore or junior year for students who began their studies in other majors and for individuals who are Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state license eligibility is usually based on the results of the Certification Examination. For further information on accreditation, the address, and web address telephone number for ACOTE are 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; (301) 652-6611, x2042; www.aota. org/Education-Careers/Accreditation.aspx.