Accreditation and Certification
Since 1961, the UF OT program has received continued accreditation 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. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
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 graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure 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.
Information about the credentialing of occupational therapists can be found at www.nbcot.org. Results are available for the UF MOT student performance on the NBCOT exam for the last 3 years. For official program performance data on the NBCOT National Certification Exam see: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.