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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 Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
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: Suzanne Carr, Ph.D, R.N.
  • Department Lead: Maddie Josephs, MS, MLS(ASCP)
  • Interim Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director: Christine Lynch, MS, OTR/L, CBIS

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)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(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: 27
  • 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

  • Linda Gatewood, M.Ed, OTR/L, Assistant Professor
  • Christine Lynch, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, Assistant Professor

Part-time Faculty (Adjunct)

  • Lindsey Hordern, COTA/L
  • Michael Nardone, MS, OTR/L

Laboratory Manager

  • Toni Spirito

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
2019 19 16 84%
2020 21 17 81%
2021 17 14 82%
Total 3-year 57 47 82%