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Doctor of Occupational Therapy Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy entry-level doctoral program at St. Ambrose University has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (See contact information below.) 

Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, 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). 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.

The accreditation process takes approximately two years and is designed to start before the first class of students enter the program and conclude before the first class of students graduate. The St. Ambrose OTD program will apply for Candidacy status in September 2015 with a decision anticipated in December 2015. Obtaining Candidacy status will indicate that St. Ambrose University may enroll students into the program and conduct occupational therapy courses and fieldwork beginning August 2016. The entire accreditation process is projected to be completed by April 2018.

Master of Occupational Therapy Accreditation

St. Ambrose University's Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). (See contact information below.)

Graduates of the program 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 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.

Accreditation Contact Information

ACOTE
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

www.acoteonline.org
301/652-2682