Cox College applied to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) for candidacy status in 2013; it was granted in late 2013. The first class was admitted in Fall 2015. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), is 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. We are currently in the process of completing a Self-Study of our program. Next steps include continued formal review of our Self-Study document along with a site visit by ACOTE officials, scheduled for October 2017. Final ACOTE approval is anticipated by December 2017.

The Cox College Occupational Therapy website will reflect the program’s status as it proceeds through the accreditation process.

Accreditation of the occupational therapy program would permit Cox College occupational therapy graduates to take the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam. NBCOT is the official accreditation body of the profession; a passing score on the certification exam is required to practice in all 50 states. Additionally, graduates must submit their NBCOT scores for licensure in the respective state(s) where they intend to practice. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s “ability to sit for the NBCOT certification or attain state licensure.”