Accreditation & Outcomes

JWU’s Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree program is designed to enable students who have earned a baccalaureate degree — and have completed specific prerequisites — to enter the profession of occupational therapy. Students receive an entry-level practice degree at the clinical doctoral level.

We need more transitional services for our growing aging population. Graduates can meet the needs that are not being met by the community now.PROFESSOR ANN BURKHARDT

The doctoral degree in the profession includes extensive education and training in normal development, structure, function and impairments in body systems and body functions, and participation problems, concerns and solutions.

There is also work focused on advanced practice including clinical reasoning, occupational therapy theory, evidence-based practice, research, and advocacy and leadership.

Graduates are prepared to work with individuals, groups, communities and populations to implement programs inclusive of occupational therapy services. Inter- and intraprofessional education and practice models are emphasized. The culminating project is the degree outcome.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Assist clients with maximizing health, well-being, and quality of life through interventions that support normal human development and functioning.
  • Provide effective client-centered solutions utilizing evidence-based practice.
  • Facilitate and support client participation in occupations.
  • Practice collaborative leadership as an OTD professional.

Matriculated Student Data

The total number of graduates from JWU’s OTD program will be available after the inaugural class graduates in 2022.*

CLASS OF NUMBER OF STUDENTS GRAD RATE
2019 12 N/A
2020 N/A N/A
2021
N/A N/A
TOTAL
N/A N/A


*Graduates from the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Graduation and NBCOT Pass Rates will be available after the inaugural class graduates in 2022.


Accreditation

The Johnson & Wales University Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate 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.

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.