The Quinnipiac University Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA, and its web address is acoteonline.org.
As a program with Candidacy Status, Quinnipiac University may admit students into the OTD program according to the approved timeline and may proceed to the preaccreditation review step of the accreditation process. The program must 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 occupational therapists 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 examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure.