Master of Occupational Therapy





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Accreditation & Certification

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association accredits all programs at Elmhurst College.

The master of occupational therapy professional entry-level program at Elmhurst College has applied to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for program accreditation. The program has received Candidacy Status and has been granted approval to proceed to the Preaccreditation Review step of the Initial Accreditation Process. The granting of Candidacy Status does not assure that the program will be granted Accreditation. Contact ACOTE at:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the 
American Occupational Therapy Association  
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301)652-AOTA (2682)

NBCOT Certification
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination to become a practicing occupational therapist. The examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), located at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. NBCOT’s phone number is (301) 990-7979.

NBCOT Eligibility
A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. For entering students with a concern in this area, NBCOT can be contacted directly for information related to the Early Determination and Character Review process for approval to take the NBCOT certification examination. You can see the NBCOT Pass Rate here.

Candidacy Status Note:

 Elmhurst College remains committed to obtaining ACOTE accreditation for our Master of Occupational Therapy program by the time our first class graduates in the summer of 2018. Elmhurst College applied to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) for candidacy status and was granted candidacy in 2015. The first class was admitted in fall of 2016. We are currently in the process of Self-Study of our program. The next step in this process includes a formal review of our self-study documents along with an onsite visit by ACOTE officials, scheduled for February 2018. We have requested to move the on-site evaluation to the spring of 2018, and we are working with ACOTE to address questions regarding the standards for our curriculum. Please refer to the prospective applicant letter for information provided by ACOTE related to the accreditation process.

For further information on pre-accreditation visit the ACOTE site through the following link:

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