Occupational Therapy Assistant Instructor
1900 College Drive
Associate Degree, WITC; Ashland, Wis.
Shauna Ruud's goal as an instructor for the occupational therapy assistant degree is to provide an atmosphere where students are engaged and feel valued. Ruud believes that the many skills acquired as in her experience as a COTA are valued and utilized in her role as an instructor.
"When we work with clients, we need to be able to motivate, teach, inspire and have patience. I love teaching because I like to help others strive for greatness and motivate students to work to their up-most potential," said Ruud.
Ruud's passion for helping others achieve greatness is confirmed with her minor degree in coaching that she achieved at Northland College. Ruud is a certified official for the state of Wisconsin in volleyball, basketball and softball. OTA students must approach their studies and career as they would any other sport, with determination, responsibility and organization.
"This program is rigorous but leads to a highly rewarding job field," said Ruud. "The career opportunities for graduates include, but are not limited to, working with children, adults, elders and other non-traditional roles. You have the opportunity to learn about sensory integration, physical rehabilitation, geriatric assessments, adaptive equipment and more."