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Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences _

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) 

(Pending Accreditation)

OT programs in the United States are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Gaining that accreditation is required for students to write the national certification exam (NBCOT) and ultimately practice as a State licensed OT.

​UC has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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.

Accreditation Timeline (subject to change) 

The following key dates are as established by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education:

Letter of Intent Received:

August 2016

Candidacy Application Due:

August 15, 2017

ACOTE Candidacy Application Decision:

December 2017

Students may be notified of acceptance into the Program:

December 2017

First class starts:

May 2018

Initial report of Self-Study due:

March 1, 2019

ACOTE Initial Review Decision:

August 2019

Initial On Site Evaluation:

August-September 2019

ACOTE Accreditation Decision:

December 2019

First class begins Level II Fieldwork:

August 2019

First class graduates:

May 2020

NBCOT Certification Examination:

2020

 Important

Students cannot be accepted into the MOT program until candidacy is obtained.  The University of Cincinnati will be informed of its status in regards to candidacy in December 2017.

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
rensdepartment@uc.edu

For Nutrition Science Programs:
Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​nutrition@ucmail.uc.edu

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:
Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477
Email: rehabsci@ucmail.uc.edu

Accreditation Status Update

UC is currently in the Candidacy Stage of accreditation​. For additional information on accreditation, please see ACOTE’s Prospective Applicant Letter.

ACOTE 2027 Mandate Q & A

Important Application Dates

September 1, 2017 - Application period opens

November 15, 2017 - Application period closes

December 2017 - Applicants notified of acceptance status*

May 2018 - First cohort of students begin classes

​*Students cannot be accepted into the MOT program until candidacy is obtained.  UC will be informed of its candidacy status in December 2017.

Wondering what courses you'll need before you start the MOT program?  Use this document to determine if your courses are equivalent to UC's.

Prerequisite Course List Equivalents MOT

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