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Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OT) – Oregon

Message from the Department of Occupational Therapy Education – Oregon Chair 

Heather Thomas, PhD, OTR/L

Starting Summer of 2022!

This is an exciting time for the profession of Occupational therapy, with the demand for skilled occupational therapists rising in settings such as hospitals, schools, skilled nursing facilities, pediatrics and community-based settings such as mental health clinics and driving rehabilitation. There has never been a better time to join the new doctorate in occupational therapy program at Western University in Oregon. Over a span of 3 years, the program will provide students with a dynamic hands-on education to become not only exceptional occupational therapists but leaders in the field. Students will be introduced to cutting edge, contemporary and emerging practice techniques and equipment. Following the mission and vision of Western University’s College of Health Sciences, graduates will be holistic in their care and improve the health and wellbeing of all populations, locally and globally.

As an entry-level doctorate program, applicants accepted into the program will be required to have already obtained a bachelor’s degree. At the completion of the program, students will graduate with a doctorate degree, and pending ACOTE accreditation graduates will be eligible to take the NBCOT exam which is required to become licensed as an occupational therapist.

For further information, please feel free to email me.

Thanks,

Heather Thomas, PhD, OTR/L

Chair/Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy Education – Oregon
College of Health Sciences

hthomas@westernu.edu


Accreditation

Accreditation Process

Western University of Health Science’s 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 www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, 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

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Department of Occupational Therapy Education – Oregon
E-Mail: Department of Occupational Therapy Education –  Oregon

Western University of Health Sciences Department of Occupational Therapy Education – Oregon
2665 S. Santiam Hwy SE
Lebanon, OR 97355


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