Sarah Tranum, MS, COTA/L, ROH

Sarah Tranum, MS, COTA/L, ROH
Joined JCC
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
Primary Campus
Jamestown Campus
Phone Number
Director, OTA; Professor, OTA

I teach so my students can learn, not to prove to them that they didn’t. My ultimate goal is to foster student growth and success. Personal responsibility is an important key to success, therefore I have high expectations for students to be responsible. Foundational skills of professionalism are taught and refined throughout my courses. I believe students have different learning styles, and therefore I utilize different teaching styles so everyone has an opportunity to learn and to demonstrate their knowledge. Experiential learning is my mainstay: I believe students learn best when they can learn by doing.

Not only am I passionate about teaching, but I am also passionate about the profession of occupational therapy (OT). I am a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as well as the NY State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA). I jump at any opportunity I get to talk about OT, whether to individuals or groups. Besides teaching full time, I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) working in home health care. Not only is it important to stay on top of my skills so I can be prepared to teach, but I also feel it is important to advocate and represent the field positively by providing excellent care in the community.

Additionally, I serve as the vice president of a nonprofit called AmTryke/AMBUCS. Our mission is to "inspire mobility and independence" by providing adapted trykes for people of all ages. Giving back to the community is important to me, and volunteering with AmTrykes provides the perfect opportunity to use my OT skills to help people participate in the leisure activity of bike riding.

Degree Field of Study Institution
Advanced Masters Certificate Teaching in the Virtual Classroom Fielding Graduate University
M.S. Adult Education State University of New York College at Buffalo
B.S. Health and Human Services: Early Childhood State University of New York at Buffalo
A.A.S. Occupational Therapy Assistant Erie Community College
Courses Taught
OTA 1510: Foundations of Occupational Therapy
OTA 1530: Fundamental Skills of OTA I
OTA 1620: Psychosocial Concepts/Techniques
OTA 1630: Fundamental Skills of OTA II
OTA 1640: Therapeutic Interventions I
OTA 2550: Technology and Environmental Applications for Living
OTA 2570: Classroom to Clinic
OTA 2620: Physical Rehabilitation
Academic Interests
  • Adult education
  • Occupational therapy


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