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  • Wed, August 12, 2015 9:53 AM | Tiana Nguyen (Administrator)
    Occupational Therapist

    The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has determined that the entry-level-degree requirement for the occupational therapist will remain at both the master’s and the doctoral degree. The Council’s decision is based on a comprehensive
    review of available literature, specific reports, and extensive commentary from stakeholders. The overarching justifications for the Council’s decision are: (1) limited outcomes differentiate master’s and doctorally prepared graduates; (2) the academic infrastructure of many institutions is not sufficient to meet the occupational therapy doctorate standards, especially with respect to faculty resources and institutional support; (3) the readiness and capability of
    institutions to deliver quality fieldwork and experiential components of the program is constrained; and (4) retaining two entry levels allows for flexibility of the profession to assess and address the changing health care needs of individuals and populations.

    Occupational Therapy Assistant

    The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has determined that the entry-level-degree for the occupational therapy assistant will be offered at both the associate and bachelor’s degree. A motion to move to the single entry-level baccalaureate was defeated, but the motion to move to a dual entry-level for the occupational therapy assistant was approved. The Council’s decision is based on a number of findings, which were informed in significant part by information and commentary from stakeholders, including: (1) the ability to better prepare individuals for further academic advancement and leadership positions; (2) the expansion of opportunities within the current scope of practice; and (3) two entry levels permits additional flexibility to assess and address the changing health care needs of individuals and populations.

    Staff is currently working on the required policies and procedures necessary to implement the occupational therapy assistant at the baccalaureate degree level. More information will be available in fall 2015 after consultation with legal counsel.

  • Mon, June 08, 2015 8:23 AM | Tiana Nguyen (Administrator)
    Key points from the national meeting:

    1) RA members met informally with AOTA board to discuss single point of entry OTD. The crowd was mixed on opinions, but there was a consensus that the decision was a done deal. AOTA has taken a position in favor of OTD as single point of entry. However, the RA will not
    make this choice, it comes down to ACOTE. The RA members want OT "at the table" but there were also concerns about quality of practitioners, number of practitioners and faculty, cost of OTD, and servicing rural areas.

    2) Congress voted on several issues. A position statement on AT was adopted (after many years) and members voted not to add another RA position specific to the military OTs

  • Fri, May 18, 2012 12:24 PM | Deleted user

    Please visit this link and encourage any potential leaders you may know who would like to apply.  The application period will be open May 15th - June 15th, 2012.


    NOTE:  Web story appears in the May 22 issue of OT Practice and will be announced in the May 22nd 1-minute update.   

    Thank you for supporting this effort!

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