Students

Student Organizations

The Occupational Therapy Department sponsors chapters of two national student OT organizations: SOTA and Pi Theta Epsilon. There is also a Pre-OT Club for students preparing to enter the program.

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

SOTA is open to all current OT graduate professional program students, as well as undergraduate students who are interested in OT as a career. The objectives of the CSU chapter of SOTA are:

  • To promote interest in occupational therapy on this campus and in the community;
  • To improve and advance education in occupational therapy;
  • To provide an opportunity for socializing among occupational therapy students;
  • To provide opportunities for occupational therapy students to engage in community service projects;
  • To maintain communication with other occupational therapy students in the state and across the nation, including involvement in the American Student Committee of the Occupational Therapy Association (ASCOTA) and the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado (OTAC), and
  • To provide a forum for discussion between students and staff members concerning the educational goals, policies, and problems within the department as they relate to student education and affairs.

The SOTA chapter meets regularly. Some recent activities of SOTA include: Volunteering at Harvest Farms, organzing a silent auction to raise funds for students to attend the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and organizing a mentoring system between first- and second-year professional students.

Pi Theta Epsilon

"Pi Theta" is a national honor society for occupational therapy students. It recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students in professional entry-level programs across the United States. The objectives of Pi Theta are:

  • To contribute to the advancement of occupational therapy through special projects of its members;
  • To provide relationships among occupational therapy schools, and
  • To work in cooperation with SOTA.

Pi Theta sponsors "brown bag" lunches, where students and faculty can meet and discuss innovative professional research, and often sponsors speakers from the community to speak on OT-related topics. These discussions and lectures are open to all faculty, professional students, and alumni.

For more information on SOTA and Pi Theta, please send an email to the OT department office at the following email address: otinfo@colostate.edu.

Rehabilitations Therapy Club

The Pre-OT Club, a branch of the Rehabilitations Therapy Club, is open to all current CSU undergraduate students who are interested in OT, as well as students who want to learn more about OT as a career. The goals of the club at CSU are:

  • To provide an awareness of the Occupational Therapy profession;
  • To provide information about accredited OT graduate schools, the entrance requirements and the application process; and
  • Provide a support network for Pre-OT students to socialize and participate in events such as volunteer and community service opportunities.

The Rehabilitations Therapy Club strives to maintain a strong relationship with the CSU OT Department, as well as the SOTA, OTAC, and Phi Theta organizations. The club meets regularly during the fall and spring semesters and participates in events sponsored by the other OT organizations. Some recent activities of the club include the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs, an end of the spring semester pot-luck at City Park, and a guest speaker who is an OT in a hospital setting.

For more information on the Rehabilitations Therapy Club, the meeting schedule, club officers and club advisor, visit their website.