Occupational Therapy Doctorate
Occupational Therapy Department’s Vision Statement
The Occupational Therapy Department will be recognized as a premiere department that attracts and grows leaders of occupational therapy in the state, nation and world through exemplary integrated programs of education, research, and community outreach and service that meet real world occupational needs.
Occupational Therapy Department’s Mission Statement
The Occupational Therapy Department’s mission is three-fold:
- to provide doctoral-level education enabling students to integrate occupational
therapy theory, research and practice;
- to foster faculty and student research on therapeutic occupation; and
- to optimize human performance and participation in everyday occupations and
contexts across the lifespan.
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral 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), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA.
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 the 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 must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
They may be contacted via a link on the AOTA or by one of the following: phone: 301-652-2682; TDD 800-377-8555; Fax 301-652-7711.