The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Students who successfully completion of this exam, will become an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).
Additionally, all states require some kind of licensure process to practice. These state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Please note that a felony conviction can impact a graduate’s ability to sit for this exam and/or attain state licensure.
Current information concerning accreditation status is available at www.acoteonline.org or by contacting:
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929