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Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
Seeking a meaningful career that’s also lucrative and in high demand? Occupational therapy is all of the above. Occupational therapists (OT’s) help people build the skills they need to live their fullest lives—from helping children write with pencils to helping adults regain the ability to dress themselves after a stroke. OT students can always expect to do clinical fieldwork at off-campus sites; it’s a program requirement wherever you go. But at Brenau some students can complete a portion of their fieldwork right on campus. The School of Occupational Therapy is home to a community clinic called the Center for Productive Living. At the clinic, students are supervised by licensed occupational therapists as they help adult clients develop the ability to perform everyday activities like grooming and preparing meals. Of course, even if you complete some fieldwork at the clinic, you’ll head off-campus for clinical experience as well. Students are placed at some of the university’s over 300 sites, including medical and rehabilitation settings. If you’re itching to travel, complete your level II fieldwork in Merida, Yucatan! You’ll gain global perspective by working with Mexican clients and clinicians. Brenau provides variety beyond fieldwork options. You can select a program pathway that best fits your schedule: day program, hybrid day program, or hybrid weekend program. That’s Brenau helping students like you pursue a fulfilling career helping others.
I never imagined myself going to a small school. After experiencing it, I could not imagine it any other way. Most of my classes had anywhere from 4 to 25 people, which means you really need to pay attention! You get direct focus from teachers, administrators, and coaches. Being on the soccer team, I really appreciated how supportive the other sports teams and students were. Everyone knew everybody, so we always called Brenau the "Brenau Bubble." Brenau takes students with all different backgrounds, goals and interests, and somehow brings them all together. It truly is it's own world. I can't say it is one single thing, but everything together that ties people to Brenau and makes it feel like home.
When I'm asked about Brenau, now that it's been a couple of years since I graduated, I find I still always have such warm memories about the place. I think it's all thanks to my professors, classmates, teammates, coaches and all Brenau staff who were always kind and patient with me, especially as a student who didn't speak and understand English so well at first. I was and I am still grateful to all Brenau people for creating such a home-like atmosphere. Brenau definitely became a second home for me and will always be that in my memories.
There are many unique character traits that make Brenau a fantastic institution, including a very wide variety of clubs and organizations, numerous sports teams, sorority life, and fantastic educational staff. My favorite thing, however, would be that I absolutely love the small class sizes! I was lucky enough to have smaller classes throughout middle and high school. Going into higher education I was worried that I would see the 300-student lecture classes where you can sometimes be reduced to just a number in the crowd. At Brenau, my class sizes stayed small, even my lecture classes. Because of the small class sizes, teachers and students could work together to make sure everyone understood the topics and could have in-depth, detailed discussions. I do not believe I could have received such a rich education in a larger class setting.
I went back to school at age 32 with two kids, a husband, and a full-time job. Brenau's online program afforded me the opportunity to complete my degree while working and taking care of my family. My degree is in Accounting, and the most valuable aspect of my program I'd say was the people: professors, advisers, and fellow students. Everyone was so encouraging and willing to help me in completing my journey.
I studied Mass Communication and Brenau's program was special to me for a lot of reasons. I had a lot of hands on experience in the department working at the radio station and for the online paper, and when I asked to experiment or try something, I was always encouraged to give it a try. Speaking of hands on, we had an internship/practicum class that let us go over to Jacobs Media as interns. That helped me get a job there after graduation. The news director already knew me, had worked with me on other Brenau activities (she was also a Brenau grad!) and when I started my career people were just so excited to have me here—because they already knew I could handle the job. Also, I actually still volunteer at the campus radio station. I got my first music show in 2010 and I have been programming it ever since. It definitely was a help in my radio career. I already had a feel of how stations worked, and even though I work in newstalk and not public radio or music (the station is a public station) and every station is different, I still picked up some skills that put me ahead.
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From costume designers to CNN producers, Brenau graduates have accomplished quite a lot in their careers. Are you a fan of HBO’s Mad Men—or more importantly, the cast’s fantastic wardrobe? Janie Bryant, a 1985 graduate, was the show’s costume designer. You have her to thank for your retro outfit inspiration. In keeping with fashion, Emmie Henderson Howard co-founded the preppy clothing and accessory brand Southern Proper. The company style is Georgia-chic, right down to bowties sporting fireflies and Labradors. Maria Ebrahimji served as the executive editorial producer for CNN Worldwide, and Ronda Rich Tinker was a reporter for NASCAR. Both are also published. Tinker wrote several books, including What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should), which is now in its 33rd printing. Ebrahimji co-edited a collection of essays called I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim. Brenau graduates are not unfamiliar with breaking barriers. Dr. Gale Allen gives credit to her Brenau education for helping her land a job with NASA. She currently serves as deputy chief scientist. And U.S. Navy Admiral Patricia E. Wolfe, a 1987 MBA graduate, is one of a small number of women with a two-star rank. Brenau graduates inspire many through word and deed.
Brenau’s main campus, and the one with the richest history, is in Gainesville, Ga. Main campus is home to the Women’s College, which has been serving students since the late 19th century. When you stand near the glistening Grace Hooten Moore fountain you’re be surrounded by some of the oldest campus buildings and long-standing traditions. Not too far away you will see a freestanding deck called the Crow’s Nest. Word has it only seniors are allowed to stand on the uppermost level. You’ll also have a front-row view of the Pearce Auditorium. Students and community members can easily recognize this building for its tall columns and arched doorways. Step inside and there’s room for you and more than 700 others to watch unique shows: an opera version of Little Red Riding Hood, maybe? But in addition to tradition and art, Brenau offers the latest living and learning spaces. The university opened a new human anatomy lab at its downtown campus in 2015 as well as several new sorority houses. Future students will have lots of places to practice traditions new and old.
If you’re starting college for the first time, you might be interested in getting an online associate’s degree in liberal studies. You can knock out your general education requirements and explore different areas of study. Liberal studies students take courses in art, science, language, and math. If you decide pursue a bachelor’s degree, you might be able to continue your online studies through Brenau depending on the path you choose. The university offers early childhood education, organizational leadership, business administration, accounting, marketing, registered nurse, and human resources management. Actually, the early childhood education program was the first of its kind to be offered in Georgia. Future graduate students: you haven’t been forgotten. You can get your degree online in interior design, early childhood education, middle grades education, applied gerontology, or business administration. Or, earn an MBA along with a graduate certificate in a specialty area: accounting, project management, healthcare management, or insurance management. And don’t forget that Brenau offers programs on five different campuses in Georgia and one campus in Jacksonville, Fl. If you live in the Southeast, an on-campus Brenau education might be closer than you think.
Students have come from across the world to play tennis as a Golden Tiger. Players on the 2015-2016 team hail from Spain, England, Morocco, Netherlands, Paraguay, and Turkmenistan. Brenau’s athletic program has seen some serious growth in the past decade. Students could play basketball and volleyball as of 2005 and 2006, and they raced to join track and field when it launched in 2013. In fact, the track and field team won a conference championship in its first season! The cheerleading team has also celebrated major successes since joining the roster of intercollegiate sports in 2012. The team ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in their class in national competitions between 2012 and 2014. Brenau’s swimmers are making waves nationally as well. In 2016 the swimming team took third place in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Swimming and Diving Championships. The roaring Golden Tigers are giving the entire campus community reasons to cheer. Stay tuned: Lacrosse is coming to Brenau in 2018.
Brenau is expanding its academic opportunities by launching new programs, learning spaces, and community partnerships. For example, the College of Business and Mass Communication partners with the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs to provide unique business education. As a Brenau-Oxford MBA student you’ll be bumping elbows and shaking hands with successful entrepreneurs. Students have attended CEO roundtable discussions that featured Keith Radford (general manager of Uber) and Jeff Braverman (CEO of Nuts.com). Also, Brenau recently launched a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. As a DPT student you can get clinical experience as early as your second semester thanks to the university’s partnership with the Northeast Georgia Health System. Plus you’ll get to take classes in the state-of-the-art Downtown Center which boasts the new human anatomy lab. Those studying the performing arts will also love the Downtown Center: it is home to a new performance space called Theater On The Square. And they’ll benefit from university partnerships, too. Brenau is a member of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Students practice and perform with a collection of professionals, community members, and students at the University of North Georgia. At Brenau you’ll have that tight-knit community feel, but also lots of chances to create relationships beyond its borders.