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New Jersey OT Association Annual Conference Held on Rutgers
Scotch Plains Campus Saturday October 18, 2014

The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Profession's Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program hosted the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference on Saturday October 18, 2014. Over 200 practitioners, educators, scholars, and students gathered to learn, reflect,advocate and network. Highlights of the day included invited presentations by Rutgers Scholars Kenneth J. Gill, PhD, Elizabeth Torres, PhD, Cecilia Feeley, MA and Columbia University's Glen Gillen, PhD. Twenty seven students currently enrolled in the OTA Program presented posters on topics including Adapted Work Stations, Animal Assisted Therapy, and Occupational Therapy and the US Military. Aakruti Rana, OTA student received a scholarship from the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association.

Photos from the conference- feature our students presenting their posters- we are so proud of them!


The OTA Students and Faculty volunteered for the Special Olympics Young Athletes Festival on June 17 & 19, 2014- Check out this video to learn about the event and see some of our students in action!


Our first graduates had their degrees conferred on Sunday May 18, 2014.

Follow this link to a story about Christine Pappas, COTA- a member of the first graduating class:


Congratulations to our first graduates who are now Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant's (posted 6/26/14
The Rutgers OTA Program has a 100% pass rate for the NBCOT Exam.
Christine Pappas, COTA
Lucy McKaig, COTA
Janice Eldridge, COTA

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program  at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.

 ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is



Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Jersey

My name is Gloria English and I am a Health Care Service Coordinator with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Jersey. We are the world's leading health agency dedicated to curing over 43 different types of muscle wasting diseases. We provide vital medical services to families living with neuromuscular disease, such as, clinics, support groups, durable medical equipment and SUMMER CAMP! During the summer, we host a camp for children ages 6-17 with various forms of neuromuscular diseases. We are searching for stellar volunteers to work with our campers during this amazing week. This year camp will be at Happiness is Camping in Hardwick, NJ from August 16-22, 2014.

This is a great opportunity for students to acquire some volunteer hours, build their resume (especially if they are studying in a career field involving caring for others or working with children), and they will have the opportunity to gain memories that will last a lifetime.

Each counselor will have their own camper to care for. Each camper is at a different progression of their disease. As the counselor, the students would be in charge of helping their camper with ADLs (as needed) - getting dressed in the morning, personal hygiene, transferring, toileting, and then of course swimming, playing balloon volleyball and much more! Volunteer counselors receive an orientation and training that includes wheelchair techniques, lifting and transfers, personal hygiene and emergency procedures. Medical staff are available 24/7 throughout the week to meet any health care needs that may arise.

For more information, please visit our website at

Thank you for your consideration!
Gloria English-Health Care Coordinator/MDA Summer Camp Director

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Joint Solution Program

Wonderful opportunity - you will learn all about recovery after total joint replacement surgery

and you will have opportunities to interact with clients.

Contact Ulanda Marcus-Aiyeku, MSN, RN, Clinical Program Manager




Rutgers - OTA Program Director, Catherine Colucci meets AOTA President Ginny Stoffel!
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Fall Symposium
November 1, 2013





















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