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  • The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program at Russell Sage College is registered with the New York State Education Department and 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 be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation 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.

    The Program’s overall pass rate for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 time period was 100% (first-time test-takers and test-retakers). Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) are online at secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

    Graduation Rate

    For the 3 most recent graduating cohorts (entry into OT Master program 2018-2020**) 91% of students progressed to graduation (116 of 127*). While the majority of students enroll in the program full time, some choose a part time track. *Some of the students who entered the program part time in these years are still working toward their degree. **Students delayed due to COVID-19 in 2020.

    Graduation YearStudents Entering/GraduatingGraduation Rate
    201840*/3690%
    201942*/42100%
    202044/42**84%
    Total126/120**95%