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October 1, 2012

ULM occupational therapy students achieve perfect passage rate

After consistently scoring above the national average on their licensure exam, the 2011 graduates in the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program achieved a 100 percent passage rate on their national exam.

“I continue to be proud of the exceptional job our faculty do as they prepare the next generation of health care providers for the community and the region,” said Denny Ryman, dean of the ULM College of Health Sciences.

Students are given the task of preparing for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam, which must be passed to practice in any state.

“Our passage rate allows us to maintain our accreditation,” said Patti Calk, head and program director of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

“It also shows potential students that our program produces competent, qualified therapists.”

Occupational therapy is a health profession which evaluates and treats people with developmental, social, emotional, or physical problems, and helps these individuals develop the skills to overcome the challenges of a disability.

Occupational therapy assistants work in such places as schools, nursing homes, hospitals, outpatient centers, private practice, rehabilitation centers, and mental health centers.

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