Accreditation

Western Michigan University's Department of Occupational Therapy master's degree programs are accredited by:

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Ln, Ste 200
Bethesda MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in occupational therapy. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered. In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice, however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. 

Note:A felony conviction may affect a graduate's eligibility to apply to take  the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination for OTR and apply for a  state license to practice as an Occupational Therapist. Please consult with Dr. Ben Atchison (ben.atchison@wmich.edu) to obtain further information. The specific information can be found online

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification results

For the three most recent calendar years (2010, 2011 and 2012), the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification examination was as follows:

Year Total number of graduates Total first-time test takers Total first-time test takers that passed Test-taker pass rate
2013 82 82 79 96%
2012 82 82 68 83%
2011 56 56 40 71%
2010 67 67 47 70%
Total 287 287 234 80%