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Occupational therapy students successfully defend title; win AOTA Knowledge Bowl
Posted 04/27/2018 12:56PM

Misericordia University occupational therapy students successfully defended the university's 2017 title and captured first place in the American Occupational Therapy Association/EBS Healthcare Knowledge Bowl at the 2018 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Misericordia University entry-level occupational therapy students Lauren Apgar, Milford, N.J.; Elizabeth Pfisterer, Wellsboro; Jillian Robinson, Quarryville; Kaitlin Sauder, Leola, and Kyle Soldevilla, Swedesboro, N.J., beat eight other teams in the annual competition. Members of the winning team receive their master's degrees at spring commencement in May and are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) licensure examination in the summer.

Collegiate teams randomly chosen to participate included Duquesne University; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, East Carolina University, Medical University of South Carolina, Allen College, Adventists University Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis, and the University of Southern California.

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 answer 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, evaluation, and intervention services.

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 provides outstanding professional preparation through specialty tracks, and choices of undergraduate majors and minors.

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

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Misericordia University's Department of Occupational Therapy successfully defended the university's 2017 title and captured first place in the American Occupational Therapy Association/EBS Healthcare Knowledge Bowl at the 2018 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. Members of the winning team are graduate students, from left, Jillian Robinson, Quarryville, Pa.; Lauren Apgar, Milford, N.J.; Kyle Soldevilla, Swedesboro, N.J.; Kaitlin Sauder, Leola, Pa., and Elizabeth Pfisterer, Wellsboro, Pa.

Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall


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