At the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education's (ACOTE®’s) August 2017 meeting, two motions were made regarding the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant. The first motion resulted in a vote to mandate that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027. The second motion resulted in a vote to mandate the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapy assistant move to the baccalaureate level by July 1, 2027.
Since the mandate announcement, ACOTE has heard from various stakeholders expressing concerns about the decision to move the occupational therapy assistant to the baccalaureate degree requirement. As a result of this feedback, ACOTE held a meeting on October 16, 2017, and decided to hold the OTA mandate decision in abeyance. In the meantime, ACOTE will conduct a forum to discuss and open the process by which individuals can formally submit comments to ACOTE.
Representatives from ACOTE will hold a forum at the Occupational Therapy Assistant Academic Leadership Council meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 3:30 p.m.—7:45 p.m. For individuals not attending the Academic Leadership Council meeting in Fort Worth, a survey and an email box have been created to collect comments regarding the mandate for the occupational therapy assistant. ACOTE will review all comments received from the forum, through e-mails submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, and from the comments within this survey to determine how to proceed with this matter. This survey will close on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
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