As Union prepares to launch its new Master of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Megan Classen is here to ensure students reach their full potential. Classen will be the new fieldwork coordinator for the graduate students, drawing on her 17 years of experience working with doctors and patients in Lincoln. In addition to her clinical connections, she also brings a depth of academic insight into fieldwork education. “I focused my doctoral capstone on the fieldwork education experience,” Classen said. “I’m passionate about improving the student’s transition from the classroom to practical application in the real world.”
In addition to her doctoral and master’s degrees in occupational therapy from the University of South Dakota, Classen holds numerous certifications related to her clinical practice, and has spent much of her career specializing in hand therapy. She has previously trained students entering the field as a clinical instructor and guest lecturer, and can’t wait to spend more time mentoring future professionals.
Classen is very excited for the graduate program to launch. “It will provide students with an opportunity to advance their careers and provide the best services for their communities,” she said. “The new program will allow them to work while simultaneously pursuing their advanced degree.”
Union’s Master of Occupational Therapy is set to launch in August 2024. With faculty like Megan Classen involved, we can expect it to get off to a strong start.
By Evan Majors, junior English and communication major