Overview & Accreditation
Find your calling as a leader in Occupational Therapy (OT)
Discover new and innovative ways to help those in need live fuller and more independent lives. In the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) program, you will be able to hone your skills through hands-on practice. You can take the next step towards becoming a confident, compassionate healthcare leader.
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program at the Orange County campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program at the Riverside and Los Angeles campuses have applied for accreditation and the Riverside campus has been granted Candidacy Status.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200 North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
The program at the Los Angeles campuses must be granted Candidacy Status. The programs at the Los Angeles and Riverside campuses must have a preaccreditation 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, 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.