The Occupational Therapy program is accredited 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 is 30 months long and includes 6 months of full-time Level II fieldwork. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months of the completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum in order to graduate. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy 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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Occupational Therapy educational programs are periodically reaccredited to maintain the quality of the program. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Occupational Therapy Program was last accredited in 2008 for seven years.