The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association is officially recognized as the accrediting agency for entry-level educational programs for the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in the United States and its territories. The School Directory lists the degree level, the institution type, the program’s contact information, the accreditation status, and the accreditation term, including the academic year the next on-site evaluation is anticipated. On-site evaluations for program accreditation are typically conducted at 5- or 7-year intervals for initial accreditation and 5-, 7-, or 10-year intervals for continuing accreditation. See ACOTE Program Status Definitions for an explanation of ACOTE accreditation statuses.

To view programs that offer a portion of curriculum by distance education, see Entry-Level OT Programs and Entry-Level OTA Programs.

Programs designed for OTAs seeking an OT degree (bridge programs) can be identified in the School Directory by using the institution type filter.

  Numbers of Programs in the Accreditation Process:

Program Status OTD OTM OTA-B OTA-A Total
Accredited 110 168 5 219 502*

Candidate or Preaccreditation

62 12 11 3 88
Applicant 48 17  5 10 80
Total 220 197 21 232 670

*Of the total Accredited programs, 14 OTM and 7 OTA programs have Accreditation-Inactive status.