The Department offers the following degree programs:
We take pride in preparing students to join the dynamic and growing profession of occupational therapy and are committed to providing students with an excellent graduate learning experience. Our commitment to excellence has been recognized by the following:
The 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, MD 20814-3449, (301)652-2682. Visit www.acoteonline.org for additional information. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is the credentialing agency responsible for the development and implementation of the certification process for OT practioners.
Students may be required by fieldwork sites to complete screenings including but not limited to: criminal background checks, drug screenings and health/immunization requirements. Failure to successfully complete such requirements may lead to limited options for fieldwork. Contact the fieldwork office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the criminal background check process to meet fieldwork requirements. Students must also pass similar requirements imposed by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) in order to sit for the NBCOT exam.
Students are encouraged to participate in NBCOT's Early Determination Character Review prior to applying to the program. Students, who have additional questions or would like additional information, may contact the Regulatory Affairs Department at NBCOT, located at 12 S Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877.
To practice occupational therapy, students must pass NBCOT's national certification exam. After successful completion, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Many states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam and continuing education requirements that are unique from state to state.
Additional information about occupational therapy can be obtained by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda , MD 20814-3449 , phone (301)652-2682 or the AOTA web site.