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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 in Step 2 of the Accreditation process, which included the submission of a self-study report in November 2020. The On-Site Accreditation team visit is scheduled to occur 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) Inc., One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Phone: 301-990-7979; emailwebsite. 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.


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

Student Outcomes

Further information and data on student outcomes will be obtained following the graduation of the first ELOTD class in 2022.