Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Accreditation
Methodist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Methodist University. As of March 2017, The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is included in the scope of Methodist University’s current accreditation.
The baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy 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 acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, 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 therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). 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 projected timeline for the BSOTA Program to complete the accreditation process is described below:
|Submission of Letter of Intent
|Submission of Candidacy Application
|ACOTE Candidacy Decision
|(When Candidacy Status is Granted)
|First Class Starts
|Initial Report of Self Study
|ACOTE PREACCREDITATION DECISION
|Initial Onsite Evaluation
|ACOTE ACCREDITATION DECISION
|GRADUATION OF FIRST MU BSOTA CLASS