The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association has granted Candidacy Status to the Department of Occupational Therapy of the University of Arkansas/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The association is located at 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. The accreditation council's telephone number is 301-652-6611 ext. 2042, with email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before 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. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states 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 experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of necessary didactic coursework in the curriculum sequence.
ACOTE accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.