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The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at South University, Virginia Beach 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 therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The web address for NBCOT is www.nbcot.org. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). 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 Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program offered by South University, Virginia Beach is in the process of obtaining programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (“ACOTE”). Graduation from an ACOTE accredited program is a requirement to be eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia. Until the Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program offered by South University, Richmond and South University, Virginia Beach achieve accreditation, graduates will not be eligible for licensure in the state of Virginia.
Program performance data on the NBCOT certification examination is available for public viewing by state and program level: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.