School of Occupational Therapy

What is OT?

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Occupational therapy practitioners are health care professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury.

Accreditation and Pass Rates

Description of L-R's O.T. ProgramPediatrics

The Master of Science in OT program combines classroom instruction with extensive laboratory experiences, including clinical practice and six months of full time internship. Students who successfully complete the Masters degree program are expected to demonstrate the competencies essential for entry-level practitioners, as designated by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The OT program was reaccredited on December 2, 2011 for a period of 7 years by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Next reaccreditation visit by ACOTE is scheduled to take place during the academic year 2018/2019. For additional information about occupational therapy or ACOTE, one may contact AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association). Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 Phone: (301)652-2682;

Most states require that Occupational Therapists obtain a license before they may practice. Initial state licenses are issued on the basis of NBCOT certification ( and verification of completion of all academic and fieldwork requirements by an accredited program. Persons who have been convicted of a felony may not be eligible for taking the certification exam or obtaining state licensure. The National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists is administered by an independent testing service, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

NBCOT Certification Results:
For the three most recent calendar years (2011, 2012, 2013), the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:



Number of
Program Graduates

Number of first-time test takers

Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam

2011 31 32 27 84%
2012 35 35 34 97%
2013 23 23 22 100%
Total 3-year 89 90 83 93.6%


Thank you for your interest regarding the Occupational Therapy program at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Lenoir-Rhyne University admits students in all programs regardless of gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.



4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200

Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301-652-2682




Occupational Therapy

Left: Second year Occupational Students Betsy Krigbaum and Daniel Smith worked with a client to develop independence in the community. Pictured  is her sister and the client showing a hand splint made for her.

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