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Future Changes in OT Education

The following provides information about future changes for all accredited professional occupational therapy programs:

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Entry Level Education Update (4/4/19)

On April 4, 2019, the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Representative Assembly determined that occupational therapists may enter the profession at the master’s or doctorate level (https://www.aota.org/Publications-News/AOTANews/2019/Results-RA-Spring-Meeting-Motions-Include-Entry-Level-Mandates.aspx. ).

Please note this policy rescinds the prior mandate stating “The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist will move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027.