Occupational Therapy Accreditation Status
The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
In addition to holding Candidacy Status (December, 2016), the program must complete a Pre-accreditation Review (March, 2019), an On-Site Evaluation (August-November, 2019), and be granted Accreditation Status (December, 2019) prior to the graduation of the first class of students (September, 2020), to secure student eligibility to sit for the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Certification/Licensure Program graduates who successfully pass the certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the NBCOT, will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.