Accreditation, Licensure and Outcomes - Occupational Therapy

Accreditation

Both the Master in Occupational Therapy program (MOT) and the Accelerated Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) options are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). ACOTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

More information can be obtained at:  

ACOTE
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-6611 extension 2914
www.acoteonline.org

Licensure

Effective 2014, all states in the United States require a license to practice occupational therapy. Each state also has specific legislation describing the process for obtaining a license to practice and specific licensure application requirements. The primary criterion for obtaining a license in any state is passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. In addition, the NBCOT examination is widely recognized throughout the world. In order to be eligible to take the certification exam, you must complete all MOT or DrOT program requirements and all fieldwork must be satisfied within eighteen months of completion of the academic work. 

Please note: a Felony conviction may delay or prohibit certification through NBCOT and could prevent state licensure. For more information, refer to www.nbcot.org

USciences’ new graduate performance data on the NBCOT national certification examination starting with the year 2013 is available at: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

USciences NBCOT first-time pass rate results:

  MOT DrOT
2013 100% --
2014 100% 100%
2015 95% 100%

Outcomes

Graduation Rate - DrOT 

The total number of graduates from the University of the Sciences Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) program’s first three years was 30, with an overall graduation rate of 100%. 

Year Graduated Student Entering / Graduating Graduation Rate
2014 8/8 100%
2015 6/6 100%
2016 16/16 100%
Total 30/30 100%

Graduation Rate - MOT

The total number of graduates from the University of the Sciences Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program during the 3-year period of 2014-2016 was 135, with an overall graduation rate of 96.4%.

Year Graduated Student Entering / Graduating Graduation Rate
2014 58/53 91%
2015 43/39 91%
2016 39/43 110%*
Total: 140/135 96.4%

  *Graduation rate in 2016 was impacted by the delay in the progression of 4 students from the prior year’s class.

Learning Outcomes

The OT program will improve the quality of healthcare services through the education of knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and service-oriented occupational therapy practitioners who are prepared for leadership in the profession.

Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be able to:

  • Design and deliver humanistic, ethical, and high-quality occupational therapy services to individual clients and to design home programs for families and caregivers.
  • Design population-based community occupation-based programs that reflect unmet and emerging community needs.
  • Integrate community, technological, and educational resources into interventions, program planning, and management of occupational therapy services.
  • Collaborate skillfully with individuals from diverse cultures, other professionals, non-professionals, peers, families, and community members.
  • Effectively communicate ideas, concerns, goals, and plans to colleagues, supervisors, and managers, using written and spoken language.
  • Demonstrate self-knowledge and the ability to adapt to changing social and environmental demands.
  • Demonstrate the ability to give and receive feedback from others and to supervise staff.
  • Understand and excel in complex environments that provide occupational therapy services.
  • Advance the knowledge base of occupational therapy through scholarly activities.
  • Provide service to the community, including the college, national, state, and local occupational therapy organizations.
  • Provide effective, skilled leadership within the occupational therapy profession.

Essential Functions and Technical Standards

Occupational therapy students must consistently demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, the physical, emotional and cognitive essential functions and technical standards that are necessary for successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Programs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Contact:

Judith A. Parker Kent, OTD, EdS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Office Location:

Woodland Building, Suite 112

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8483

Email:

j.parkerkent@usciences.edu