The Russell Sage College entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited 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 Graduates of the program 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.  

Graduation Rate

The Program’s overall pass rate for the 2022 graduating cohorts and beyond will be posted following the accreditation review and NBCOT examinations. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) will be posted online beginning after Summer 2022 at

Graduating cohorts of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, beginning in 2022, will be reported on as a percentage of students who progressed to graduation (the number of students graduating divided by the number of students in program). While the majority of students enroll in the program full-time, some choose a part-time track.*

Graduation YearStudents Entering/GraduatingGraduation Rate
Total/GraduatingTotal %

* Some students who entered the program part-time in these years are still working toward their degrees.