Two academic programs in the University of Southern Indiana’s College of Nursing and Health Professions – Occupational Therapy and Dietetics – received national board results Aug. 23 indicating that every recent graduate has passed the certification exam on the first attempt.
“I am pleased that our programs continue to demonstrate excellence in preparing our graduates to be licensed and enter the workforce,” said Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. “Our dedicated faculty and program directors strive to create a learning environment that offers our students the classroom instruction and clinical experiences to be successful.”
There were 27 members in the Occupational Therapy Class of 2013 that passed the national board exam for certification.
“The rigors of a graduate degree are apparent, but our students are committed to rising to the educational challenges,” said Dr. Barbara Williams, OT Program chair. “This accomplishment is not only a direct reflection of the dedication of our students, but of our faculty, as well. Our OT faculty are devoted to ensuring we graduate competent practitioners.”
The national exam is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). According to Dr. Williams, NBCOT reports the national pass rate average for first-time test takers is 85 percent.
The first group of dietetics graduates from USI also had a 100 percent pass rate on the national board exam. Dietetics is the newest academic program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
“We’re very proud of our first dietetics graduates and their accomplishments, and of our faculty who are committed to student success,” said Dr. Julie McCullough, program chair for Food and Nutrition. “Because the Class of 2011 had scores above the national average, they’ve set the bar high for those who follow.”