Occupational Therapy Accreditation & Certification
Mount Mary University’s occupational therapy program has maintained full accreditation since its inception in 1941 and provides a professional education resulting in skilled hands-on practitioners who are client-centered and holistic in their approach to health care.
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited 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, (301) 652-AOTA, http://www.aota.org/.
Occupational Therapy Certification
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Note: A felony or illness that is considered a potential danger to the public may prevent an individual from practice in occupational therapy.
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.
From 2010 to 2012, 112 students graduated from Mount Mary’s occupational therapy program. Of those students, 110 sat for the NBCOT National Certification Exam to obtain certification to practice as registered occupational therapists. Of the 110 candidates who sat for the exam, 74 passed on the first attempt, which is a pass rate of 67 percent. 87 percent of students passed the certification exam within one year of graduation during this time period. The pass rate for all test takers nationally ranged from 82 to 85 percent in 2010-2012.