Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Occupational therapy programs in the United States are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Gaining that accreditation is required for students to write the national certification exam (NBCOT) and ultimately practice as a State licensed occupational therapist.

UC 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 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. 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.

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Action Expected Date

Letter of intent received:

August 2016

Candidacy application due:

August 15, 2017

ACOTE candidacy application decision:

December 2017

Students may be notified of acceptance into the program:

December 2017

First class starts:

May 2018

Initial report of self-study due:

March 1, 2019

ACOTE initial review decision:

August 2019

Initial on-site evaluation:

September-October 2019

ACOTE accreditation decision:

December 2019

First class begins level II fieldwork:

August 2019

First class graduates:

May 2020

NBCOT certification examination:

2020

The first cohort began classes in May 2018.  Applications are accepteed each fall.  Admitted students will begin classes in the summer term.

No, the curriculum will be a blended instructional design involving a mix of on campus and online coursework. There will be three intensive on-campus weeks per semester, one at the beginning, middle, and end of each semester, in addition to a minimum of one on-campus session per week through the semester along with level I fieldwork activities. This will be supplemented by online lectures, assignments, and discussions. The curriculum is full time but the online piece will allow some flexibility for those wishing to work while in the program. The working student will need considerable support from their employer to attend on campus sessions and meet course and fieldwork requirements.

With employer support to accommodate the on-campus requirements, students should be able to continue some level of employment. The MOT program is full-time however and students need to be prepared to dedicate the time and effort to meet academic requirements. The extent to which students continue employment while enrolled in the MOT will depend on the student's ability to manage academic demands and the employer's ability to accommodate the needs of the student. The full-time level II fieldwork requirement in the final two semesters will obviously impact one's ability to continue outside employment. Students will not be able to complete level II fieldwork at a setting where they are actively employed as an occupational therapy practitioner.

Admission to the UC MOT program requires completion of a bachelor's degree, specific prerequisite coursework, volunteer hours at two occupational therapy settings (minimum 40), the graduate record exam, letters of recommendation, and portfolio submission. Some admission criteria may be waived for licensed occupational therapy assistants who have passed the NBCOT examination. Details of the admissions process can be accessed via the links on the UC MOT webpage.

Headshot of Steven Wheeler, Ph.D., OTR/L

Steven Wheeler, Ph.D., OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45267