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Program Status:

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 and its Web address is 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.

*Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.



The fall 2016 application cycle will open in July 2015.  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.