Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
NAU’s entry level doctorate degree program is fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education®
c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200,
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-6611 x2914
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education granted the university permission to accept its first class in fall 2014. At its April 9-10, 2016 meeting, ACOTE reviewed the Report of On-Site Evaluation (ROSE) regarding the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program at Northern Arizona University. All standards were found to be compliant and ACOTE voted to Grant a Status of Accreditation for a period of 7 years.
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.
78% presented at a state and/or national conference
69% submitted a manuscript for publication
58% served in a leadership role
30% applied for a grant to support their research
Students must complete all graduation, fieldwork, and experiential component requirements in a timely manner. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program and prior to engaging in the residency component of the curriculum. NAU’s graduates are eligible to sit for the 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
The table below displays graduation and retention rates, and NBCOT certification examination results of NAU students during the last three years of record. “New Graduates” are defined as anyone taking the exam within one year of graduation, regardless of how many times the exam is taken within the one-year period. For official NBCOT data results, please visit https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.
*Within one-year of graduation.
A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
For more information on Arizona licensing requirements please contact the Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners at 602-589-8352 or online at https://ot.az.gov/.
For those interested in licensing requirements outside the state of Arizona please visit the NBCOT OT STATE Regulatory Board Contact List at the NBCOT website.