The Cabarrus College of Health Sciences recently announced that faculty and students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program were recognized nationally for their innovations in the field of medicine and for demonstrating overall excellence in OTA.
“The program continues to grow beyond our wildest dreams,” said Nancy Schneidenbach Green, MHA, OTR/L, OTA program chair. “Our faculty and students are recognized and engaged on local, state and national levels, impacting everyone they serve.”
Award winners include:
Amber Ward, MS OTR/L, OTA adjunct faculty. Amber won a second place professional MADDAK Award at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in San Diego. She designed a gooseneck cup and straw for patients with minimal lip and diaphragm strength that can be attached to a table or wheelchair and keeps liquid at the top of the straw for each sip.
Klancy Burney and Kristin Carter, first year OTA students. Klancy and Kristin won second place student MADDAK Awards for their design of The Pocketer, a specialized removable pocket secured inside a pair of pants to discretely enclose and carry an indwelling catheter bag. The unique design also allows ease of emptying the contents.
Second year OTA student Jennifer Fitzgerald received the Janice I. McGraw Memorial Scholarship from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
Hayley Pethel and Andrea Puckett, first year OTA students, won the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association YouTube video contest. The video promotes occupational therapy and membership in the state professional association.
Cabarrus College’s OTA program prepares students to help patients with physical, mental or developmental conditions to regain or develop skills for everyday tasks. The college partners with more than 90 different locations for clinical opportunities for its students and graduates.