Accreditation - Now Admitting Students

Program Status:

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Pre-accreditation 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.


ACOTE’s web address is The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before 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, all 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. 

Per the policies of the Graduate School, all credits applied toward the occupational therapy doctorate degree must be earned within a ten-year period.


The fall 2017 application cycle will open in July 2016.  We anticipate the following timeline as we move towards accreditation:

First Class Starts Aug-2014
Initial Report of the Self-Study- Submitted April-2015
Initial Onsite Evaluation March-2016
Action on Onsite Evaluation April-2016
First Class Begins Level II Fieldwork Summer-2016
First Class Begins Doctoral –level Experiential Component Spring-2017
First Class Graduates May-2017
Eligible for NBCOT Certification Examination 2017

Prospective Students please read this letter from ACOTE concerning the accreditation status of the UTC OTD program.


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) may be contacted:


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


They may be contacted at AOTA or by phone: 301-652-2682; TDD 800-377-8555; Fax 301-652-7711.