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Faculty member recognized for enthusiasm, passion
mary arnold

Muskingum University’s Director of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program, Dr. Mary Arnold, was recognized at a recent event as the 2018 recipient of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association’s (OOTA) Passion Award. OOTA’s Passion Award recognizes an individual member who exemplifies the spirit of the profession.

“Dr. Arnold represents the best example of what we strive to achieve in this profession. Her genuine enthusiasm and love for occupational therapy has been the driving force behind her many years of practice, and this passion has encouraged and motivated students, colleagues, and friends along their own paths to success,” said Dr. Becky Finni, President of the OOTA.  “We are extremely pleased to recognize Dr. Arnold for her important work.”

Each year, the recipient of OOTA’s Passion Award is given charge of a crystal vase that sits on a wooden base on which is inscribed the names of previous awardees.

In March, Muskingum University announced its plan to launch a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program. The University initiated the accreditation process by submitting a “Letter of Intent” to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Educators (ACOTE), and hired Dr. Arnold, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA to lead the development of the new program.

Working with two-year Occupational Therapy Assistant programs around the country, the program under development is designed to allow students with an associate's degree to continue their education at Muskingum University and earn a Master of Occupational Therapy degree.

For more information about the Master of Occupational Therapy program being developed at Muskingum University, please visit or contact Dr. Arnold at 740-826-8466 or

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