OT Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

The Presbyterian College Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)  as of January 1, 2021.  

The SACSCOC is the body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices primarily among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and certain other international sites approved by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®)

In August 2020, the Presbyterian College Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program was granted ACOTE 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 www.acoteonline.org.  Graduates of the OTD Program are 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. 

For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.

Accreditation Timeline:

  • ACOTE Candidacy Status:  August 2020
  • First Cohort Start:  January 2021
  • ACOTE Self-Study Submission:  July 1, 2022
  • ACOTE Initial Onsite Evaluation:  April-July 2023

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam results will be found in the future (2023) online at NBCOT