Academics & Accreditation
The Occupational Therapy program provides learning experiences to assist students in developing competencies and attitudes in order to:
- Educate occupational therapists who function as evidence based practitioners, community leaders, educators, and scholars.
- Engage in scholarly work and participating in scientific inquiry that will discover, generate, develop, refine, test, and evaluate new knowledge as well as applications of knowledge in occupational therapy (Abreu, Peloquin, & Ottenbacher, 1998).
- Disseminate new knowledge and applied knowledge about occupation and health to the academic and broader community
Graduation Pass Rates
Upon completion of all curriculum requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0, the designated degree of Master of Occupational Therapy is conferred. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Successful completion of the NBCOT examination leads to certification by the NBCOT.
Graduates are encouraged to sit for the NBCOT certification exam as soon as possible to increase chances for successful attainment of certification. Application for the certification examination includes some questions that relate to felony convictions. For further information on potential limitation related to felony conviction, the applicant can contact:
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
View: NBCOT Examination Data
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AOTA’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACOTE is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). ACOTE currently accredits over 400 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs in the United States and its territories.
The Occupational Therapy professional entry-level masters degree program at the University of Texas Medical Branch is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and will continue until ACOTE permission is received to admit to the doctoral degree program.
UTMB has applied for accreditation of an entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program from ACOTE of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). To be fully accredited, so the graduates can sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), the program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status.
For verification, you may contact the Council at the following address:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449