OTA Program Information Sheet


Administration/Academic Affairs
Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 825-2188

Accrediting Agency of College:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Accredited September 18, 2014

Administrative Hierarchy

  • President: Meghan Hughes, PhD
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs: Rosemary A. Costigan, PhD, RN
  • Dean of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences:
  • Rehabilitative Health Department Chairperson: Kimberly Crealey Rouillier, DPT, MS
  • Occupational Therapy Program Director: Michael A. Nardone, MS, OTR/L

Program Mailing Address

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Community College of Rhode Island
Newport County Campus
1 John H. Chafee Boulevard
Newport, RI 02840
Accrediting Agency of Program
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA
Accredited April 5, 2014

Curriculum Design Characteristics

  • One year general education (preadmission)-Plus-One year technical education
  • Length of the Technical Program : 3 semesters
  • Length of time in Fieldwork: 1 semester
  • Total Number of Credit Hours in General Education Courses: 26
  • Total Number of Credit Hours in Technical Education Courses: 445
  • Total Number of Contact Hours of Clinical Education: 595

Faculty and Staff

Core faculty members who currently hold academic appointments

  • Michael A. Nardone, Program Director/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
  • Linda Gatewood, Program Faculty
  • Jennifer Hurrell, Rehabilitative Health Department Fieldwork Coordinator

Part-time Faculty (Adjunct)

  • Melissa Pedus
  • Melissa Saccoccio

Supplemental Instructors

  • Melissa Pedus
  • Kristin Mattison
  • Beth Gardell
  • Randy Conroy
  • Magdalena Barber-Leclerc

Laboratory Manager

  • Toni Cimini

Laboratory Assistants

  • Jennifer Amaio
  • Diane Hanson

Report of the NBCOT Pass Rates

Data on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination can be found at National Board for Certification on Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Graduation Rate Data

Year Number of Students who started Number of Students who Graduated Graduation Rate
2013 22 18 82%
2014 23 16 70%
2015 22 12 55%
Total 3-year 67 46 69%

Contact Information

Kimberly Crealey Rouillier
Department Chair,
Rehabilitative Health Department
Tel: 401-851-1672

Linda A. Gatewood
Interim Program Director,
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Tel: 401-851-1672

For more information about the program contact Deborah Watson:

Last Updated: 9/5/17