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Congratulations to our graduates who are now Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant's (update 2/20/2015)
The Rutgers OTA Program has a 100% pass rate for the NBCOT Exam.

Class of 2015
Shannon Moran, COTA
Jennifer Foreman, COTA
David Muscatell, COTA
Jennifer Escobales, COTA
Mary Kate Gray, COTA
Courtney Lyons, COTA
Gwen Rutkowski Dugan, COTA
Jillian Fowler, COTA
Krystal Ortiz, COTA
Meaghan Paige, COTA
Kaitlin Egan, COTA
Dawn Smith, COTA
Angela Verdi, COTA
Stacey Morales, COTA
Stephanie Declerico, COTA
Lyndalee Bengyel, COTA
Lori Scudillo, COTA
Jessica Davis-Ramos, COTA

Class of 2014
Christine Pappas, COTA
Lucy McKaig, COTA
Janice Eldridge, COTA

Applications for full- time program due June 1, 2015.  Part time applications are due November 1, 2015. Please send all documents to Catherine Colucci as indicated on this website.  Please complete the Paper application through the office of admissions as the on line system is not working. 

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:



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



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 Framing Ceremony - Class of 2015

Adam Gonzalez

Angela Verdi and Deborah Goodhart (COTA Fieldwork Educator from Matheny Medical and Educational Center)

                                                        Kent Cabahug

                                                      Alex Colomy

                                                Lynn Bengyel

                                                    Jessica Davis-Ramos

                                                    Kaitlin Egan

                                              Jennifer Escobales

                                                Jennifer Foreman

                                                 Jillian Fowler

                                                Gwen Rutkowski-Duggan

                                                Stephanie Kownacki

                                                Laura McConnell

                                                Stacey Morales

                                                Shannon Moran

                                              David Muscatell

                                              Krystal Ortiz

                                                Meaghan Paige

                                                  Aakruti Rana

                                                    Blake Schicker

                                                       Lori Scudillo

                                                          Dawn Smith

Rutgers - OTA Program Director, Catherine Colucci meets AOTA President Ginny Stoffel!
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