Which Online Schools Have Accredited Doctor of Occupation Therapy Degrees?

The best way to verify that an online Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program is accredited is to check with one of the country's six regional accrediting agencies. Choosing an accredited doctoral program is important for assuring the quality of your education and future worth of your degree. Schools offering Occupational Therapy Assistant degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Verify that an Online Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is Accredited

When choosing an online Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program, you should select one at an accredited institution. There are six regional agencies in the U.S. that accredit both on-campus and online schools, and all are recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

Important Facts About Online Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree Programs

Common Courses Ethics, innovations and emerging issues, leadership
Required Education Master's degree in OT; some schools accept students with bachelor's degrees in OT and master's degrees in other subjects.
Continuing Education 36 credits with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) every three years
PrerequisitesInitial certification as an entry-level occupational therapist from NBCOT, minimum GPA requirements
Median Salary (2018) $84,270 (for Occupational therapists)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 24% (for Occupational therapists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

To find out if your chosen Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is accredited, find out which state the institution is based in, and look it up through the corresponding accrediting agency. Institutions accredited by any of the following are considered valid:

Accrediting Agency Areas Covered
New England Association of Schools and Colleges CT, ME, MA, NH, RI and VT
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools AZ, AR, CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, Navajo Nation, NE, NM, ND, OH, OK, SD, WV, WI and WY
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools DE, District of Columbia, MD, NJ, NY, PA, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX and VA
Western Association of Schools and Colleges CA, HI, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities AK, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT and WA

Additionally, some online programs that are not nationally accredited are accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (DETC), which is also recognized by the USDE and the CHEA. However, although many employers consider DETC-accredited degrees valid, some regionally accredited schools will not accept course credits from DETC-accredited institutions.

Finally, some programs can be accredited by a programmatic accrediting agency. The accrediting agency for Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs would be the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Online School Options

The following institutions offer partially or fully online Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs and are accredited by one or more of the agencies listed above:

  • Boston University in Massachusetts
  • A.T. Still University (with campuses in Missouri and Arizona)
  • Nova Southeastern University in Florida
  • Saint Catherine University in Minnesota
  • Quinnipiac University in Connecticut

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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