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Advancing Education and Practice
Jennifer Moore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Department Chair and Associate Professor
Welcome from the Chair
The Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Central Arkansas has a long and distinguished history. Continually accredited since 1974 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), this program boasts excellent pass rates on the National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam and highly successful employment rates. The program offers many opportunities for student engagement with clients, community and professional service, and participation in faculty and independent research projects. Additionally, students participate in interprofessional learning experiences, healthcare services, and research opportunities that promote optimal health throughout the lifespan. The curriculum, and accompanying educational experiences prepare students to become independent practitioners capable of competently assessing and addressing the occupational needs of individuals, groups, and society. As a graduate of UCA you will join a highly regarded and sought after force of occupational therapy practitioners and leaders, eligible for certification and practice virtually anywhere in the nation.
If you are interested in a program that continually advances education and practice, consider applying to the University of Central Arkansas. Our website provides information regarding our program, requirements, and application process. Should you have further questions, please contact our department at (501) 450-5017. We invite you to earn your degree in occupational therapy from the University of Central Arkansas.
Jennifer Moore, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Department Chair and Associate Professor
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Entry-level Master of Science
Our entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA (2682) www.acoteonline.org
Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy
While the accredited Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy program continues to be available for currently enrolled students, it is our intent the entry-level doctoral degree program will be the only entry-level program offered beginning Fall 2017. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. A letter of intent has been submitted to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
As an applicant program, applications submitted to the University of Central Arkansas will not be reviewed until Candidacy Status is granted by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Candidacy Status is not a guarantee of accreditation. The Candidacy Status decision is anticipated to occur by January 2017. Furthermore, the program cannot admit students until Candidacy Status is granted by ACOTE.
The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be 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.