Claire Mulry MS '10

After working as an occupational therapist for 13 years, Claire Mulry wanted to take the next step in her career.

She was interested in learning more about the research in her field and decided to pursue a post-professional master's degree in occupational therapy.

A resident of Franklin Park, N.J., Mulry considered her options locally, but decided that the courses and flexibility offered by Quinnipiac University Online best met her needs.

"I was pretty busy and I wanted to learn the technology," she explains. "By doing it online, I could do it at my convenience and around my work schedule."

Mulry was working full-time at a homecare/assisted living facility, teaching classes at Kean University in Union, N.J., and running her own OT consulting business.

She was impressed by the level of technical support she received. "I really enjoyed the online library support-that was amazing," Mulry says. "It was a great time-saver, having librarians available to help. I was a novice."

Meeting the Quinnipiac University Online support staff during orientation offered extra reassurance. "It took the fear out of it, knowing I had that support system," she says. "It was a very rewarding experience."

Faculty gave class assignments that allowed her to explore her own professional priorities. "I was allowed to work in my specialty area, and they helped me develop my skills," Mulry says. For example, she developed an education program for families of brain injury patients.

Mulry can already see the impact of completing her degree. "It helped me become a better evidence-based practitioner," she says. "It will help me in the future."
 

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