Sessions allow students to explore health care majors

Around 75 percent of college students change their major at least once during their college career, according to Penn State University.

Tamara Madden, academic advising director, said students can attend Program Information Sessions for health care related majors to help students determine if it interests them.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Information sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in room HP255 and from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in room HP225.

The Nursing Information Sessions will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 in room HP226, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 in room HP226, and from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 in room HP225.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Information Sessions will be held from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 in room HP226, from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in room HP226, and from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 in room HP223.

Madden said these sessions will allow students to find out if they would like to pursue a degree in one of the programs and ultimately could help prevent them from wasting time or money.

“Say when I first applied to OCCC, I thought I wanted to do nursing, took a couple classes and nursing’s not for me, but I still want to work in the Health Professions, I might decide to attend one of these other information sessions and see if that’s a career I might be interested in and if it is, what classes have I already taken that might apply and get some information about how I change my major over there,” she said.

Students looking to find out more about health care options and the specific program should attend, Madden said.

“I’ve been to a couple of these and they’re very helpful in giving you an idea of ‘what would I be doing,’ ‘what are my career opportunities,’ and ‘what’s the expectations of the program,’ and ‘what are the basic academic things that I have to accomplish through the program,’” Madden said.

For more information, visit or call 405-682-7535.

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