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Accreditation Status & Outcomes

Chatham University’s entry-level doctor of occupational therapy degree program (OTD) 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 is 301-652-AOTA and their website is here.

The entry-level OTD program is now eligible to proceed to Step 2 of the Accreditation process, which includes submission of a self-study report due on November 2, 2020. This is followed by an On-Site Accreditation team visit in fall 2021, with the goal of receiving formal accreditation before the first cohort of students graduate from the program. Programs must be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates are 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.

Licensure

Information regarding occupational therapy licensure in the U.S. can be found here.

Student Outcomes

The total number of graduates from the Chatham University Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2017-2019 was 118 with an overall graduation rate of 98%.

Graduation Year

Student Entering/Graduating

Graduation Rate

2017

40/38

95%

2018

40/40

100%

2019

40/40

100%

Total

120/118

98%

Graduates of the Chatham University Master of Occupational Therapy Program are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc., One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Phone: (301) 990-7979; email; website.

Upon successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Additionally, most states require licensure to practice. 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 to attain state licensure.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online here. To locate Chatham University program results, search for "Pennsylvania", "OT Masters-Level Programs".

For the three most recent calendar years (2016, 2017, and 2018), the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy program was as follows:

NBCOT Certification Results (2016, 2017, 2018)

Total # of program graduates

118

Total # of new graduates (NG) testing

118

Total # of first time test takers who passed the NBCOT exam

99

Percentage of first time test takers who passed the NBCOT exam

84%

Total # of NG who passed the NBCOT exam within one year of graduation

117

Percentage of NG who passed the NBCOT exam within one year of graduation

99%