Recommendations for Clinical Observation Sites for Prospective OTA Students

As a Pre-OTA student it is your responsibility to seek/schedule opportunities for clinical observation before application to the OTA program. This list is being provided to you in an attempt to help you identify facilities that may be willing to allow you to volunteer/observe. You may, however, complete observation hours at any occupational therapy facility under the supervision of any licensed OT/or OTA (who is a graduate of an accredited program). You are encouraged to contact sites directly to request permission to observe a therapist(s). You should be sure to inquire about facility volunteer/observer rules (including dress code standards) and follow those guidelines explicitly. If a clinic/hospital is willing to accept observers, it is generally on a first-come first-serve basis.

Note that these facilities are in no way contractually obligated to BPCC to accept observers, tend to be very busy, and often have students from other schools or programs observing or interning. Therefore, you are advised to begin seeking observation opportunities at least one semester before applying for admission. You are also reminded to treat this experience seriously and professionally from your initial phone request through your last day of observation. It is, in effect, an extended "interview" process in which the impressions you make upon the facility and the therapists you observe are a major component of your application score.

Facility Contact Phone
LifeCare Hospitals, Inc. Daniel Ramsey, LOTR
Kristi Richardson, LOTR
Jennifer Herron, LOTR
318-683-4560

318-212-3200
LSU Health Sciences Center (Shreveport, LA) Carla Saulsberry, LOTR 318-675-7746
Guest Care Rehab at Pilgrim Manor Bossier Jessica Creighton, LOTR 318-742-1623
Melanie Massey Physical Therapy Lacresha Sails, LOTR 318-934-1969
Little Works in Progress Kimberly Wardell, MA, CCC-SLP, Administrator 318-795-3388
Gamble Guest Care- Guest House Trevor Frazier, COTA 318-686-0515
Tri-State Physical Therapy (Bossier) Mary Roper, LOTR 318-747-1760
TheraTeam (Natchitoches & Mansfield, LA) Staci DeChamplain, COTA 318-238-2820
Town and Country Rehab (Minden, LA) Miranda Tingle, LOTR 318-371-9709
The Glen Retirement Center Debbie Hall, LOTR 318-798-3500