Emory & Henry College is pleased to announce the development of a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program at its School of Health Sciences in Marion, Va. Emory & Henry College’s motto is “Increase in Excellence” and has an intention to be a learning community with a commitment to freedom and civic virtue. The mission of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program is to graduate competent entry-level occupational therapists who are occupation-centered and possess leadership, advocacy, critical thinking and professional reasoning skills that will enable them to serve and meet the occupational therapy needs of communities. Graduates will have necessary skills to work in a variety of settings, including rural healthcare settings, to meet the needs of those who are underserved in areas of health disparities.
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program 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.
The Master of Occupational Therapy program is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Emory & Henry College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Emory & Henry College.
Accreditation ensures that Emory & Henry College has met strict standards with regard to degree programs, faculty, administration, student support and services, and financial health. Accreditation also ensures that courses taken and degrees earned through Emory & Henry College will be accepted by other accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Master of Occupational Therapy program is now accepting students for its first cohort and will begin classes August 2016.