Accreditation


  • The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted candidacy status 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. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

    Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, 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, most 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 be able to take the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. 

    Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 5229. Gannon University's occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), www.aotaonline.org. As a result of this action, the institution may admit students into the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program according to the approved timeline (June 2015) and may proceed to the Initial Review step of the accreditation process. The initial review involves an onsite visit by the accreditation committee at which time full accreditation status is provided.