The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program 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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 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).
OTD program graduation rates
The Department of Occupational Therapy will have its first graduates from the doctoral program in May 2021. The following table will be updated as cohorts complete the program and graduate. The table will be maintained for the most recent three years of graduating classes (e.g., 2021-23).
Completion of the OTD Program in its entirety is required for eligibility to sit for the national occupational therapy certification examination offered by NBCOT. Once the first OTD cohort has graduated from UMMC (i.e., May 2021), examination data on pass rates will be publicly available on NBCOT's website. UMMC student performance on the NBCOT exam will be posted here.
After successful completion of the certification examination, the OTD graduate will be an occupational therapist registered (OTR). Individual states also require a license in order to practice. State licensure to practice occupational therapy is usually based on the result of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the exam or to attain state licensure.