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Update on ACOTE’s Task Group on Entry-Level Degrees for the OT and the OTA as of May 8, 2015

Consistent with ACOTE®’s mission of establishing standards for the preparation of competent occupational therapy practitioners, the ACOTE® Entry-Level Degree Task Force is working to identify the optimal entry level(s) of education for ethical, accountable, and efficient practice to meet society’s occupational needs.

The task force is continuing to gather data through the entry-level surveys, which were distributed to program directors, clinicians and employers across the country in March 2015. The survey will be open until May 15, 2015.

During the 2015 AOTA Conference, Roundtable discussions were held with a cross-section of special interest group representatives. The task force is also soliciting additional input from the Representative Assembly, prospective students, and employers over the next several months.

The task force will submit an analysis of this data at the next ACOTE meeting in August 2015.

Update on ACOTE’s Task Group on Entry-Level Degrees for the OT and the OTA as of November 10, 2014

Given the recent dialogue within the profession on degrees for occupational therapy personnel, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has taken initial steps to formally explore these issues. 

The Council met with members of the Board of Directors during the August 2014 ACOTE meeting to discuss the AOTA Board of Directors' statement on entry-level doctoral education. In addition, the Council independently discussed the necessity of comprehensively examining entry-level practice for both the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant. 

Consistent with ACOTE's mission of establishing standards for the preparation of competent occupational therapy practitioners, ACOTE has established a task force to work alongside stakeholders to collect and evaluate evidence to identify the optimal entry level(s) of education for ethical, accountable, and efficient practice to meet society's occupational needs. The task group will be submitting a plan for collecting and evaluating the evidence on entry-level degree requirements to the Council for approval at the December 2014 meeting.

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A request for ACOTE’s most recent on-site visit report for a specific occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant program may be submitted to the AOTA Accreditation Department, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449.

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