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Accredited Entry-Level OT and OTA Programs

In order to be eligible to sit for the NBCOT certification examination, one must graduate from an ACOTE-accredited program.

OT Doctoral-Level Programs - Accredited

OT Master's-Level Programs - Accredited

OTA Programs - Accredited

Developing Programs (Step 2 of the Initial Accreditation Process)

New programs that are not yet accredited, but have completed the first steps in the 3-step initial accreditation process.

OT Doctoral-Level Programs - Developing

OT Master's-Level Programs - Developing

OTA Programs - Developing

Applicant Programs (Step 1 of the Initial Accreditation Process)

New educational programs seeking accreditation (not yet holding Candidacy Status). Until Candidacy Status has been granted by ACOTE, these programs cannot admit students into the OT or OTA program.

OT Doctoral-Level Applicant Programs

OT Master's-Level Applicant Programs

OTA Applicant Programs

Bridge Programs

Accredited programs for OTAs seeking occupational therapy (OT) degrees, sorted by State.

Educational Programs for OTAs Seeking OT Degrees

Distance Education

There are no accredited entry-level occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant educational programs that are offered in the online format. Some educational programs may offer some courses or parts of courses online, but there are no entry-level educational programs offered entirely online.

OT Programs Offering Distance Education Component - pdf, 121 kb

OTA Programs Offering Distance Education Component - pdf, 162 kb 

Occupational Therapy Aide Programs

Prospective students should be aware that occupational therapy aide programs are not eligible for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and a graduate of an occupational therapy aide program is not eligible to sit for the national exam to become certified as an occupational therapy assistant.

Occupational therapy aides are able to provide supportive services to the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. To become an occupational therapy assistant, an individual would need to graduate from an ACOTE-accredited occupational therapy assistant program, pass the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and attain licensure as required by the state. 

Postprofessional OT Programs

For Current Occupational Therapists 

Guide to Selecting a Postprofessional Education Program in OT 

Postprofessional Programs in OT - Doctoral Level Programs

Postprofessional Programs in OT - Masters Degree Programs

Closed Programs

Closed OT and OTA Educational Programs Since 1990 - pdf, 38 kb