Rocky Mountain College entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status (pending) 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 pre-accreditation 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, 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.
Current Accreditation Status and Timeline
The Letter of Intent to offer an entry-level OTD at RMC was submitted to ACOTE (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education) in January of 2017. The ACOTE Candidacy Application will be submitted in April 2018. The ACOTE Candidacy Decision will be released in August 2018 and students will be notified of acceptance into the program at that time. The first class of students will begin course work in January 2019. The initial Report of Self-Study is due in August 2020 and the ACOTE pre-accreditation decision will be received in December 2020. The initial on-site ACOTE evaluation will occur between April and July of 2020, and the ACOTE accreditation decision will be released in August of 2021.
Character Review and Eligibility to sit for the NBCOT Exam
All students should review the requirements for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) prior to applying to the OTD program (https://www.nbcot.org/). Applicants should view the Character Review (http://www.nbcot.org/character-review-process) to determine need for a character review prior to admission to the OTD program. Qualified candidates identified as requiring a Character Check by the NBCOT will be required to complete an Early Determination Review prior to admission to the OTD Program. A student may be conditionally accepted into the program with a spot held for the student and admission is granted upon a positive review in which the student would be eligible for certification by NBCOT. This will ensure students do not enroll in the OTD Program and if they are ineligible to take the national board exam to become a registered occupational therapist. Students are also required to review state licensure laws prior to admittance to determine eligibility for licensure upon completion of the OTD program and successful completion of the NBCOT Examination.