HaysMed Departments

Occupational Therapy

The Center for Health Improvement
2500 Canterbury Drive
Hays, Kansas 67601

What is Occupational Therapy?

A health and rehabilitation profession that helps individuals achieve independence in their lives despite disabilities. It is a skilled treatment provided by professionals. Occupational therapy also takes a personal and direct approach to meeting an individual's health needs and wants.

An Occupational Therapist requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree from a five year AOTA accredited occupational therapy school. Passage of state board exam is required to become certified and licensed to practice. An occupational therapist can also enter the field with a master's or a doctoral degree.

Our outpatient staff consists of 4 nationally certified and state licensed Occupational Therapists.

The Certified occupational therapy assistants, or COTA's, are skilled health care providers who work under the supervision of occupational therapists. Requires a two year Associate degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant school. Candidates must pass a state board exam after graduation to become certified to practice.

Common medical conditions seen by occupational therapy:

Hand orthopaedic or neurological injury
stroke/cerebral vascular accident
neurological disorders
joint replacement
visual/perceptual loss
cerebellar vestibular loss
macular degeneration
heart disease/surgery
lung disease
brain injury
orthopaedic injury
chronic pain conditions/myofacscial syndrome

Services Offered
Our staff is divided into four skilled Teams with patient care at the center. Supported by our physicians and managers, each Team is specialized to meet your needs.

The four Teams in our department are:

General Orthopaedic Team
Hand Care Center Team
Neurological Rehabilitation Team
Sports Medicine Team


These Teams are made up of certified athletic trainers, physical therapist, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and speech/language pathologists.