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Accreditation and Certification

Program Accreditation

The Professional Entry Level Occupational Therapy 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. AOTA's phone number is 301-652-AOTA. The Web sites are www.AOTA.org and www.acoteonline.org.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Graduates of the entry-level master's program will be eligible to apply for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be certified as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). For information about the national certification examination, please contact NBCOT at 301-990-7979 or visit www.nbcot.org.

Most states require licensure in order for therapists to practice. Some state licenses are based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. For information regarding NBCOT's procedures, please contact:

National Board for Certification in O.T.
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD, 20877-4150

Phone: 301-990-7979
Fax: 301-869-8492
Web site: www.nbcot.org

For specific information on individual state licensure procedures, contact the respective state.

Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

NBCOT Exam Pass Rate

The total number of Tufts graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers in 2011-2013 was 103 out of 106, which is a pass rate of 97%. During that 3-year time period, the program had 107 graduates, with a 99% graduation rate. NBCOT certification exam data are for the last three years of record, January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013. Their website is www.nbcot.org.