NEWS RELEASE May 1, 2008 Contact: Shannon Guess (505) 272-0261 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE , N.M. – The University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program has been named the 17thbest academic program in the nation byU.S. NewsandWorld Report. Out of 146 other accredited graduate programs ranked nationally, only 13 rated higher. UNM Occupational Therapy Program tied with four other educational programs for 17th. It is up six places from its former ranking in 2000. Founded by three UNM faculty members, Dr. Terry K. Crowe, Dr. Janet Poole and Dr. Patricia Burtner, the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program has had a long history of success. Nearly all of their 222 graduates have passed national certification examinations and 80 percent of the graduates find employment in New Mexico. Each year the program admits 24 new graduates into the four-semester program teaching them to work in the community as occupational therapists in healthcare and educational systems improving care for all.