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Department of Occupational Therapy

Accreditation and Certification

OT students presenting their research

Program Accreditation

Tufts Entry-Level Master's Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by 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. AOTA's phone number is 301-652-AOTA. The websites are www.AOTA.org and www.acoteonline.org.

ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.

Entry-Level Doctoral Degree

The Tufts University entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree (OTD) program 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. Contact AOTA at 301-652-2682.

The OTD program is now eligible to proceed to Step 2 of the Initial Accreditation Process (the Initial Review), with the submission of the Self-Study Report due November, 2020. The program would then participate in an Onsite Accreditation Team Visit, with the goal to receive formal accreditation before the first cohort of students graduate from the program.

Graduation Rates

Graduation Year Students Entering / Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2020 50 / 50 100%
2019 27 / 25 92.6%
2018 45 / 45 100%

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Graduates of the entry-level master's program, entry-level OTD program, and post-professional master’s program will be eligible to apply for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be certified as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). For information about the national certification examination, please contact NBCOT at 301-990-7979 or visit www.nbcot.org.

Most states require licensure in order for therapists to practice. Some state licenses are based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. For information regarding NBCOT's procedures, please contact:

National Board for Certification in O.T.
One Bank Street
Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Phone: 301-990-7979
Fax: 301-869-8492
Web site: www.nbcot.org

All states require licensure.

Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

NBCOT Exam Pass Rate

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/en/Educators/Home#SchoolPerformance