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This section we delve into the discussion of education. We all can understand the value of school, although, are we receiving what is necessary to properly advocate for the profession of OT and start a therapy business? Read along to discover what the research study demonstrated.

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On the topic of business knowledge, the question next addressed is: Are we learning the right skills in grad school to best prepare an OT for business ownership? There are many quality skills we are learning but when it comes to business there seems to still be a disconnect.

During the research conduction, survey was taken from 31 different occupational therapy professional non business owners.  A question addressed OT school business preparation to discuss insurance rates. Which is a major component of business ownership on the administration side. Resulting in 64.5% of all participants feeling under prepared. 

In addition to interviews and surveys conducted observation hours took place within the classroom of administration course to assess the barriers to business ownership as a student. One major takeaway is the discussed topic of insurances. There seems to be a generalized need to delve into the topic more prior to fieldwork, others might not learn the same valuable skills of business ownership during the internship experience. Therefore, these skills need to be addressed cohesively in a school atmosphere more regularly. In addition to the insurance conversation, the business ownership career is full of surprizes. The OT student should experience practice in public speaking skills to build confidence and understanding of the OT profession.