MOT to OTD Transition
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist will move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027.
Only entry-level doctoral occupational therapy degree programs will be eligible to receive or maintain ACOTE accreditation status as of July 1, 2027.
The University of Minnesota Program in Occupational Therapy has recently begun the process seeking accreditation for a Doctoral Level program through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Accreditation status is contingent on a number of items including approval by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and submission of proposed curricular changes to accreditation. The structure of the Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) curriculum will be formulated after June 1st, 2018, which will also include any changes to prerequisite or Academic requirements for entry to the program. The expectation and the trajectory of admission is to have the first class of OTD students begin Fall 2019. If the OTD program is approved by the Board of Regents and ACOTE, the Master of Occupational Therapy degree will no longer be offered at the University of Minnesota. More definitive information on this change will be available here beginning June, 2018.
For more information about the ACOTE® mandate, effects on current students, and effects on current practitioners, please refer to their website, available here.