Occupational Therapy at Nazareth College
Jeannine Pericone, an occupational therapy student, explains what Nazareth's OT major is all about.
- OT Credentials and Licensure
Nazareth College’s entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status (now referred to as Candidacy status) by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The ACOTE survey visit is scheduled for the Fall 2014.
Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Certification Board for Occupational Therapists (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Additional information about the NBCOT exam can be obtained from their website at NBCOT.org.
In addition, New York State, and most 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 exam or attain state licensure.
The Occupational Therapy Program at Nazareth College is a professional entry-level five-year, 166 credit combined baccalaureate/master’s (BS/MS) degree program. It was granted Developing Program Status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in August 2010.
Occupational therapy is a dynamic profession that supports the philosophy that people are shaped by what they do, and what they accomplish in their daily lives. The American Occupational Therapy Association describes this by saying that occupational therapy helps people to live life to its fullest.
Students in the occupational therapy program will be prepared to provide specialized evidence-based occupational therapy intervention for children and/or adults who have physical, sensory, neurologic, developmental, social and/or emotional challenges.
Preparation will include a strong background in the sciences and liberal arts and an intensive professional education. Through active engagement in lectures, labs, clinical opportunities, and fieldwork experiences, students will learn to assist individuals in developing or regaining the skills they need for purposeful participation in daily life.
Graduates will be prepared to be practitioners, beginning researchers, and advocates of the profession. They will have a strong sense of inter-professional teamwork. The diversity of the profession will allow the graduate the opportunity to provide occupational therapy in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, clinics, and the community.
Linda A. Shriber, Ed.D, OTR/L
Credentials and Licensure
Prospective students wishing additional information about the accreditation process can contact:
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449
Or call ACOTE at (301) 652-AOTA. Information is also available from the ACOTE website at www.acoteonline.org.