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The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation 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.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program has received Candidacy Status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Pre-accreditation status was denied. The on-site visit is scheduled for June 2016. The final accreditation decision will be made at the August 2016 ACOTE Board meeting.
Read ACOTE’s Letter to Prospective Applicants
The accreditation process, which takes approximately three years, is designed to start before the first class of students enters the program and to be completed before the first class graduates. The first cohort of students began in the fall of 2014.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Abilene Christian University to award associate, baccalaureate, Master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033- 4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the regional accreditation of ACU.
Once ACOTE accreditation of the program has been obtained, 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).
After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition most 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. Students with a felony conviction should visit http://www.nbcot.org and apply for an Early Determination & Character Review.