Accreditation

Mount Mary University’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.) program has maintained full accreditation since its initial accreditation in 1943 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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. 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 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.

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must 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 (NBCOT). 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.

Occupational Therapy Certification

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.

Occupational Therapy Licensure

Graduates of the Professional Entry Master of Science (M.S.) or Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program will be eligible for state licensure. Mount Mary's Occupational Therapy Professional Entry programs satisfy the educational requirements for all 50 states of the U.S. and the territories listed below:

AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY.

All states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam require occupational therapists to be licensed. Certain territories do not have regulations for occupational therapy:

Territory Regulation Status
American Samoa (AS) Occupational Therapy is not regulated in this territory.
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (MP) Occupational Therapy is not regulated in this territory.
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Occupational Therapy is not regulated in this territory.
Republic of Palau (PW) Occupational Therapy is not regulated in this territory.
Republic of the Marshall Islands (ISO) Occupational Therapy is not regulated in this territory.
US Virgin Islands (VI) Occupational Therapy is not regulated in this territory.

 

Program Outcomes

The total number of graduates from Mount Mary University's Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2019-2021 was 139, with an overall graduation rate of 96%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2019 48/47 97.8%
2020 48/45 93.6%
2021 48/47 97.8%
TOTAL 144/139 96%

 

Results of graduates' performance on the national certification exam are published annually through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Outcomes for this program can be viewed on NBCOT's website at this link: https://www.nbcot.org/en/Educators/Home#SchoolPerformance