LMU’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program Receives Approval for Candidacy from ACOTE
The developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) has passed the initial phase for accreditation and was granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) on Friday, Aug. 21*. The program is currently accepting applications and interviewing candidates for early admission.
“We are so excited in reaching this next step of pursuing full accreditation for the LMU Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Our team has worked tirelessly over the past two years and we could not be happier to be able to offer students admission into our program,” said Dr. Jason Hughes, OTD program director at LMU.
Occupational therapy is an evidence-based, rehabilitation profession dedicated to getting individuals back to performing daily living skills and meaningful activities. OTs incorporate client-centered care through collaboration with the client to increase their independence and quality of life. OTs practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics, school systems, skilled nursing facilities, mental health facilities and community-based settings.
The new OTD program is being developed by LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and will be located at its LMU-Knoxville location (9737 Cogdill Road). The program will prepare graduates to be entry-level occupational therapists (OTs). The OTD program is a full-time 36-month curriculum that includes didactic and clinical training as well as a capstone project. The curriculum is taught by experienced occupational therapists, who hold a wide range of specialties and interests. Upon earning the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, students are given the opportunity to meet eligibility requirements for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
For more information on the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program go to: www.LMUnet.edu/OTD
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected].
LMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500, for questions about the accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University.
LMU plans to offer the OTD program in May of 2021 pending approval of the SACSCOC.
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree 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 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 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.
Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.