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. Program
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). www.AOTA.org
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; www.aota.org. www.acoteonline.org
Most states require that Occupational Therapists obtain a license before they may practice. Initial state licenses are issued on the basis of NBCOT certification (https://secure.NBCOT.org/data/schoolstats.aspx) 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 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
* 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 AOTA
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301-652-2682