Accreditation Timeline

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Middle Georgia State University has been granted Preaccreditation 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 The program must 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 (including Georgia) 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 obtain state licensure. More information about NBCOT® can be found online at

The process of accreditation of programs by ACOTE involves five (5) steps: 1) Submit Letter of Intent to develop a new program (completed), 2) Submit Eligibility Application (completed), 3) Submit application for Candidacy Status; If Candidacy Status is granted, the program may admit its first class of students and proceed to the next step of the process, the pre-accreditation review 3) Pre-accreditation Review – prepare Report of Self Study and submit to ACOTE, 5) Participate in initial On-Site evaluation with ACOTE team of evaluators.

Steps in Accreditation Process


Candidacy Status Application

Due: December 15, 2021

Candidacy Review by ACOTE

Notification of approval: April 2022

Students Notified of Acceptance

May 2022

First Cohort Admitted

August 2022 (Fall semester)

Report of Self Study

Due: July 3, 2023

Notification of Pre-Accreditation Decision

December 2023

First Class Begins Level II Fieldwork

January 2024

ACOTE On-Site Visit

January/February 2024

Notification of Accreditation Decision

March 2024

First Class Graduates

August/September 2024