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PREPaRE: Preparing RElated Services Personnel for Rural Employment (Year 4)

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Kentucky, have received a 5 year, $1,179,174 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for personnel development.  The project is entitled: PREPaRE: Preparing Related Services Personnel for Rural Employment.  

This project trains and supports graduate students to help alleviate the regional shortage of highly qualified personnel in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology who are able and willing to work collaboratively in early intervention and schools in rural areas across the nation. This grant provides tuition support for up to three semesters for four OT, four PT and six SLP students each year (up to $12,500 total support).

The project will select scholars for funding who are:

  1. CSD graduate students and OT graduate students beginning year 2 of their master’s program and DPT students beginning year 3 of their professional program;
  2. Willing to take additional coursework in pediatrics including a course in interdisciplinary  early intervention, and a course in school-based practice. All or most of the additional required coursework is offered via distance formats while students are on rotations/fieldwork placements.
  3. Willing to complete a clinical rotation/field work in pediatrics
  4. Willing to complete the TEP for CSD students and
  5. Willing to work with children with disabilities in early intervention and/or a school setting for 2 full years within 7 years after graduation.

Following graduation, scholars will receive mentorship during their two year required work in early intervention and/or a school setting in preferably a rural area. In addition, a continuing education conference will be offered each year to the scholars and their mentors.

To apply for funding, please check back in November for application materials.  You must complete the attached Application and include all required documents. These applications must be received by January 27, 2017.

PREPaRE Conference March 11, 2017

Join us for the Fifth Annual Conference on Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the University of Kentucky. For more information click here:  (PREPaRE Conference).

For Step by step instructions for registering online click here: Registration Instructions

Project Faculty from OT: 

Dr. Colleen Schneck Dr.  Colleen Schneck, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Department Chair & Professor
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue
103 Dizney Building
Richmond, KY  40475
(859) 622-3300
Dr. Shirley O'Brien Dr.  Shirley O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue
237 Dizney Building
Richmond, KY  40475
(859) 622-6329
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