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Ms. Andrea (Cooper) Tigden MOT, OTR/L

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School: Health Sciences
Academic Department: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2011
Hometown: Hollidaysburg


After completing my first year as an occupational therapist, I continue to be grateful for my experience as a student in the Saint Francis Master of Occupational Therapy program. The one-on-one attention we received from professors and small class size were two aspects of the program that stick out to me most. Another beneficial aspect, not found in every OT program, was the opportunity to choose almost any location for fieldwork. My first fieldwork affiliation was in an acute care hospital in sunny Southern California, and my second fieldwork was a neurology-focused outpatient affiliation at Penn State Hershey. Fortunately, my fieldwork experience transpired into an immediate job offer prior to graduation (similar to several of my classmates). One month after graduation, I started as an acute care OT at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. My current position brings new and wonderful challenges each day, and I am fortunate to work with patients in a variety of services, such as Neurology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery, Hematology/Oncology and more. The well-rounded education provided by the SFU MOT curriculum and continued clinical and profession guidance from professors certainly prepared me for working in an environment which is fast-paced and always changing. While I have enjoyed professional growth in the past years, I have continued to grow personally as well. I am currently married, purchased my first house, coaching a local high school girls basketball team, and raising a puppy!

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