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Institutional Accreditation

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Program Accreditation

This entry-level Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane,  Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814-3449, Telephone: (301) 652-2682.

National Certification Examination RequirementsThe National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1987 to protect the public from incompetent and unethical occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. There are two primary mechanisms that the board uses to carry out their mission. One is by requiring that an individual make a minimum passing score on the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapist. After successfully passing the certification examination, an individual may use the initials OTR (Occupational Therapist Registered) after his/her name. However, in many states with licensure, an individual cannot identify themselves as an OTR unless they are also licensed in the state.


An occupational therapist is certified for five years. After five years, an occupational therapist may apply for recertification by NBCOT.

Specific information regarding the application process for taking the exam will be provided during the final year of the student’s program. For more information on the recertification program, please contact NBCOT. Telephone: (301) 990-7979, email:

IMPORTANT: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification exam required by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and/or affect the graduate's ability to obtain a license to practice.
Increasing numbers of clinical placement sites are requiring criminal background checks before accepting students for class or fieldwork experiences.  The program therefore requires that accepted students obtain an approved criminal background check prior to beginning classes in the program.  Information regarding criminal background checks can be obtained from the Office Manager, Wanda Smith.