Brad Egan, OTD, Ph.D., CADC, OTR/L, is the occupational therapy program site coordinator and associate professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University's Columbia Center. He has been a clinically certified occupational therapist for nearly 16 years and is also a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor.
Prior to LR launching its Master of Science in OT program in Columbia, South Carolina, in fall 2017, Egan oversaw development of the program's first cohort of students.
"Overseeing development of the Columbia cohort involved making clinical relationships in the area, finding community clinical partners, and recruiting faculty," said Egan, who also assisted with managing development of LR's Health Sciences Center, a 20,000-square foot classroom facility on Main Street in Columbia. LR's OT program is housed in the facility which has additional classroom space available for the needs of future degree programs.
According to Egan, LR's OT program is unique because it integrates clinical experiences with didactic learning throughout the course of the program. "The OT program at Lenoir-Rhyne has a strong focus on weaving clinical experiences with didactic learning all the way through," he said. "For example, students start doing fieldwork their second semester, and unlike most programs, learners have their first Level 2 fieldwork halfway through the program."
Egan earned his first doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and a second Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. His particular area of interest is occupational disruption and occupational re-engagement for individuals in recovery from substance use disorders.
"My passion for occupational therapy is rooted in practice outside of the traditional medical model," he said. "I am particularly excited about emerging areas of focus in school mental health and supporting individuals in recovery from addiction and substance use disorders."
A total of 32 students comprised the inaugural class of OT students in Columbia, and an additional 40 students began the program this summer.
About LR's OT program
Lenoir-Rhyne's Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, in concert with the mission of the University, seeks to develop skilled and caring practitioners who respond adaptively to situations, meticulously investigate their world and knowledge, and provide ethical services. The program is offered on both the Hickory, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, campuses. Both locations have full-time faculty who are licensed occupational therapists.