OTA Accreditation Status

Effective December 4, 2017, Central Methodist University Occupational Therapy Assistant program has been granted Pre-Accreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Programs having “Preaccreditation Status” have successfully completed Steps 1 and 2 of the initial accreditation process. These programs would appear to meet the Standards if fully implemented in accordance with the plans of the sponsoring institution. An on site evaluation will be conducted before the first class completes the academic curriculum.

When accreditation is approved graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). 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 all graduation and fieldwork requirements in a timely manner. Students are required to complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

All accreditation queries may be sent directly to Rebbecca Fenton, the OTA Program Director at rfenton@centralmethodist.edu.

Additional information can be obtained from Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number is (301) 652-AOTA and the website is www.acoteonline.org.