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AOTA and ACOTE Entry Level Education Update

Wednesday, October 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Monica Kelly
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ACOTE and AOTA's Board of Directors have been engaged in a dialogue on the entry point for the occupational therapy profession.


In July 2018 the AOTA Board of Directors passed a resolution that the OTD and OTA mandates be placed in abeyance so that further investigation of issues related to the mandates be completed and recommendations be forwarded to the Representative Assembly for consideration.AOTA and ACOTE are aware that the apparent conflict was causing concern and confusion among many occupational therapy stakeholders. Therefore, while ACOTE continues to believe that the doctoral level is the appropriate entry point for the profession, in order to protect the interests of the occupational therapy profession, ACOTE on September 27, 2018, accepted AOTA's abeyance of the 2027 mandate requiring all entry occupational therapy programs to transition to the doctoral level.


AOTA will continue to update the membership about the discussions surrounding the entry point for the occupational therapy profession and pending motions in the Representative Assembly as it is available. ACOTE will provide additional details about the implementation of the abeyance decision to its stakeholders as they become available.


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