MCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Graduates Pass Exam

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 15, 2005) -- One hundred percent of the 2005 graduating class of the Manatee Community College (MCC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program passed the National Board for Certification examination on the first try. Eight of the 11 graduates are currently employed as certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAS).

COTAS are skilled health care providers who work under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist to assist disabled people of all ages in acquiring or regaining independent living skills.

Graduates who passed the exam are Jacqueline Bartman, Jessica Basar, Kristen Claxton, Kim Coons, Rachel Drew, Rebecca MacDonald, Ken Hochstetler, Sean Neill, Kelly Regina, Moira Small and June West.

MCC's two-year OTA program received full accreditation in April of 2000 from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association. It is a limited enrollment program that offers an opportunity to earn either an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) or an associate in science (A.S.) degree. The program combines coursework at MCC with clinical experiences at health-care institutions in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Applications for the Fall 2006 OTA program are now being accepted. For more information or to get an application, call OTA program director Debra Chasanoff at (941) 752-5346 or visit MCC's Web site at

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