Entry-Level OTD Accreditation & Certification

Since 1962, Boston University Sargent College has offered educational programs to prepare entry-level occupational therapists. Over the years, the programs have been one of most respected programs in the county and have consistently received and maintained accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Accreditation

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and been granted Preaccreditation 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 http://acoteonline.org.

The program must complete an on-site evaluation, scheduled for March, 2019, and be granted, accreditation before graduates of the program 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 will require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete Level II fieldwork and Doctoral Capstone requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Institutional Accreditation

Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc (NEASC). The University was most recently granted continuing accreditation in October 2009.

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Boston University Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 167 with an overall graduation rate of 98%.

Graduation Year
Students Entering/Graduating * Graduation Rate
2015 44/42 95%
2016 59/59 100%
2017 64/63 98%
Total 167/164 98%

* Please note that this data refers to the Boston University MSOT program (the MSOT program will be discontinued as we transition to the entry-level OTD program).

Certification

Once the entry-level OTD program receives accreditation status from ACOTE, graduates of the Boston University OTD program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Upon successfully completing the exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

NBCOT Eligibility

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) may disqualify students with felony convictions/charges from becoming certified. The Qualifications Review Committee (QRC) will review the qualifications of examination candidates who have been convicted of or charged with a felony to determine if the circumstances appear to relate directly to the safe, proficient, and/or competent practice of occupational therapy. For students entering an OT program, the QRC may give an early determination for approval to take the certification exam. For more information, please contact the NBCOT directly.

NBCOT Pass Rate

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx