Occupational therapy and physical therapy assistant programs will begin in 2012 at Crowder College.
Crowder's original program was established as a licensed practical nurse program in the 1960s bef0re moving to a registered nurse program in 1988. They added additional programs in2007 and earlier this year. The nursing program currently enrolls over 200 students across multiple Crowder campuses.
The Neosho, MO school gave a program update during a recent board meeting.
The school is ironing out an agreement with Ozark Technical College to get an occupational therapy assistant program online in the spring of 2012 and a physical therapy assistant program running by fall of 2012. Classes will be online and Ozark instructors will come to the Neosho campus for the labs.
"Really, the application pool has supported [adding new programs]," said D'Ann Dennis, director of allied health and nursing programs at Crowder. "The numbers are increasing."