Accreditation and Certification

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).

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 state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure information.

Entry-Level Doctoral Degree

The Tufts University entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-AOTA

ACOTE website AOTA website

Graduates of the program 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.

Graduation Rates

2020 Graduation Year

Students Entering/Students Graduating: 50/50
Graduation Rate: 100%

2019 Graduation Year

Students Entering/Students Graduating: 27/25
Graduation Rate: 92.6%

2018 Graduation Year

Students Entering/Students Graduating: 45/45
Graduation Rate: 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).

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 about the national certification examination or information regarding NBCOT's procedures, please contact:

National Board for Certification in OT

One Bank Street
Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Phone: 301-990-7979
Fax: 301-869-8492

NBCOT website 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

Find program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).