The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is an accrediting body for occupational therapy education. All new programs seeking accreditation by ACOTE are required to complete the same accreditation process.
The MSOT Program’s Accreditation Status
The MSOT Program has been registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). We anticipate obtaining Accreditation in August 2021, prior to the first cohort’s graduation.
The following statements are concerned with accreditation and program credentialing mechanisms.
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s 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 www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, 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.
The approved accreditation timeline can be found in the table below.
|Program Candidacy Status:||Granted in April 2019|
|First class starts:||September 2019|
|Initial report of Self-Study due:||November 2, 2020|
|ACOTE Initial Review Decision:||April 2021|
|Initial On Site Evaluation:||June-July 2021|
|ACOTE Accreditation Decision:||August 2021|
|First class begins Level II Fieldwork:||June 2021|
|First class graduates:||December 2021|
|NBCOT Certification Examination:||2021|