Huntington University’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation 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.
At its April 5-6, 2014, meeting, ACOTE considered the Candidacy Application from the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program at Huntington University and voted to grant Candidacy Status.
As a result of this action, the institution may admit students into the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program according to the approved timeline (August 2014) and may proceed to the Initial Review step of the accreditation process. The Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program at Huntington University will be included on AOTA's list of programs that are holding Candidacy Status and are eligible to admit students.
Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, 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.
Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
On February 24-25, 2014, the Institutional Actions Committee of the Higher Learning Commission approved the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Huntington University.