Accreditation

Sargent College Policy

Boston University, including the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Sargent College professional programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); or the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org; capteonline.org.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (entry-level)

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted candidacy status 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. AOTA’s phone number is 301-652-2682, and their website is acoteonline.org. The program is now eligible to proceed to Step 2 of the Initial Accreditation Process (the Initial Review), with the submission of the Self-Study Report due on August 1, 2017. The program would then participate in an Onsite Accreditation Team Visit, with the goal to receive formal accreditation before the first cohort of graduates from the program.

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.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.