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Occupational therapy students win national Knowledge Bowl competition at AOTA Conference
Posted 04/24/2017 03:58PM

A team of Misericordia University occupational therapy students recently captured first place in the American Occupational Therapy Association/EBS Healthcare Knowledge Bowl held during the 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia.

Misericordia University entry-level occupational therapy students Alyssa Auer, Scranton; Victoria Freda, Hazlet, N.J.; Kerrie Hall, Lynbrook, N.Y.; Allison Hausman, Lancaster, and Deirdre Stevens, Schenectady, N.Y., defeated nine other collegiate teams. Members of the winning team receive their master's degree at spring commencement and are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) licensure examination in the summer.

Participating institutions included Salus University, Elkins Park; Adventist University of Health Sciences, Orlando, Fla.; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.; Pacific University, Stockton, Calif.; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh; University of St. Augustine, St. Augustine, Fla.; Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y.; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., and the University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.

The Knowledge Bowl prepares competing students to take the NBCOT exam through a fun game show format that also allows participants and audience members to display their school spirit. Teams simultaneously answered seven rounds of questions, featuring five questions per round during the two-hour competition.

The questions test student knowledge of key information related to occupational therapy practice, including medical conditions, patient/client safety, occupational therapy evaluation, and occupational therapy intervention services. Misericordia scored 26.54 points, edging out Duquesne, 26.51, and Indiana University, 26.25.

Misericordia University Department of Occupational Therapy's new graduates also earned a 100-percent pass rate on the NBCOT for the testing period of Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. Fifty new graduates passed the NBCOT exam during the period. Since 2011, the five-year, entry-level Master of Science degree program in occupational therapy has achieved an average pass rate of 98 percent over the six testing periods.

Misericordia University offers a five-year, entry-level master's degree program in occupational therapy for students who are embarking on their collegiate careers and would like to become occupational therapists. The university also has a weekend program for people who already are certified occupational therapy assistants or who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy and would like to become qualified OTs. A post-professional pediatric certificate program for practicing OTs, as well as a post-professional master's degree and doctoral program in occupational therapy also are available.

The Department of Occupational Therapy provides a quality education through rigorous academics, an emphasis on understanding the human occupation, and an emphasis on evidence-based practice. Overall, the program offers outstanding professional preparation through specialty tracks, and choices of undergraduate majors and minors that are related directly to this segment in the health care field.

For more information about the occupational therapy program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ot.

Caption:

Misericordia University occupational therapy students captured first place in the American Occupational Therapy Association/EBS Healthcare Knowledge Bowl at the 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia. Members of the winning team, from left, are faculty advisor Grace Fisher, Ed.D. O.T.R./L., and students Kerrie Hall, Lynbrook, N.Y.; Victoria Freda, Hazlet, N.J.; Deirdre Stevens, Schenectady, N.Y.; Allison Hausman, Lancaster, Pa., and Alyssa Auer, Scranton, Pa.

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