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Otterbein MSAH student Kate Paul turns practicum into career opportunity

Otterbein MSAH student Kate Paul turns practicum into career opportunity

By Lauren Keller

Kate Paul is student in Otterbein’s Master of Science in Allied Health (MSAH) program who is graduating this April from the healthcare administration track. She first became interested in the program when she attended a weekend workshop at Hondros College where an Otterbein alumnus was one of the presenters.

“The presenter’s knowledge and energy was so impressive that I did some research on the programs Otterbein offered and ultimately applied,” Paul said.

Paul went on to start the MSAH program in fall of 2012 for the program’s inaugural semester and was one of the first students enrolled. At the time, she worked full-time in Zanesville and commuted to class in the evenings.

In 2013, Kate had to put the program on pause to give birth to her daughter, but consistently stayed in touch with the MSAH program director. She was able to return in the spring of 2016 to finish what she started. Her favorite class in the program has been Program Planning and Implementation.

“Program Planning was a real game-changer for me,” Paul said. “It re-ignited my passion for this field of work after being away from it for a little while.”

In the class, Paul used her interests to design a program for the development of an Alcohol and Drug Recovery House in her hometown. This project motivated her to find the perfect capstone experience for her last year in the program. She approached the director of Alcohol and Drug Services of Guernsey County in Cambridge, Ohio, about her interests. The timing could not have been more perfect as a house had just been donated to be used as a recovery house in the area. 

Paul was able to start and complete her practicum in one semester during the fall of 2016, working 20-24 hours per week implementing programs and job shadowing the director. She applied many of the leadership and program planning knowledge she gained from the allied health program and applied them to her position. On the day of her final capstone presentation at the end of fall semester, she accepted a position as the director of staff and program development with the Alcohol and Drug Services of Guernsey County. Additionally, her final presentation left a lasting impact on her.

“At first, I dreaded the final presentation. However, it ended up being the best part because the feedback and confidence I gained from the facility that night truly made a huge impact on me,” she said.

After graduation in April, Paul is looking forward to being able to enjoy more nights and weekends with her family. Additionally, she is looking forward to her new job as this summer the Alcohol and Drug Services of Guernsey County will be opening the Recovery House.

Paul is very appreciative of all of the MSAH faculty who assisted her in her journey and helped her finally complete her goal of obtaining her master’s degree. She hopes to be an example of how you can achieve your educational dreams at Otterbein.

“If I can complete the program, than so can you.”


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