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, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449 Phone: (301)652-2682;

All 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:


Graduation Year

Number of New Graduates Taking Exam That Year

Number of New Graduates Passing The Exam

Percentage of New Graduates Passing The Exam

Percentage of First-time New Graduates Passing the Exam

Students Entering/


2013 24 24 100% 100% 33/23 70%
2014 19 19 100% 100% 27/19 70%
2015 29 29 100% 97% 33/31 94%
Total 3-year 72 72 100% 98.8% 93/73 78%

* ACOTE standard A.5.6 now requires reporting of the number of new graduates (within 12 months of graduation) who have passed the NBCOT Certification Exam.


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.


ACOTE c/o Accreditation Office AOTA

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200

Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

(301) 652-2682 or (301) 652-AOTA




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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