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Licensure Disclosures for Occupational Therapist

Whitworth University entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program will submit an Application for Candidacy, required in the pre-accreditation stage, on Dec. 15, 2021. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation 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 the NBCOT examination, 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. 

Candidacy Status must be granted before students may be admitted or notified of admission to the program and is required in order for the program to proceed to next steps in the ACOTE accreditation process. Whitworth University will not make a determination on whether this program meets state requirements for licensure until the program is reviewed by ACOTE and a determination made.

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program has been reviewed as a substantive change by our institutional accreditor, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and is included in our institutional accreditation status.

For more information regarding Whitworth's Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and licensure in other states, please contact a program representative at