Occupational Therapy program gains accreditation, graduates first class


ACU’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program has received national accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

The program graduated its first cohort of 22 students Aug. 5. Those graduates are now eligible to sit for the national certification examination to become licensed occupational therapists.

ACU’s program is the first faith-based OT program in Texas.

“I’m very thankful for the accreditation news,” said program director and chair Dr. Hope Martin. “I’m also thankful for the tremendous support from the OT faculty and staff, Abilene community, ACU administration and faculty, and the quality students in our program. I consider it a true blessing that we now have a Christian occupational therapy program in Texas.”

ACU’s OT program applied for accreditation before the first classes started in fall 2014 and underwent a rigorous process that included an onsite evaluation in June.

ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The accreditation
demonstrates the quality of ACU’s occupational therapy curriculum and its alignment with national standards.