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Welcome to the School of Occupational Therapy!

We are excited about our developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and know you will be too.

Welcome to the School of Occupational Therapy!

We are excited about our developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and know you will be too.

Our Vision

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education School of Occupational Therapy will be nationally and internationally recognized as a pioneer in innovative occupational therapy education and as a partner in practice and research to meet real world occupational needs.

Our Mission

To educate highly skilled and compassionate occupational therapy professionals and to prepare them to advocate for those with limited opportunities for occupational engagement.

Our Program

  • Type of Program: Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
  • Proposed start date: Summer 2021
  • Length of program: 3 years full time (face to face, fieldwork, and capstone experience)

ACHE OT Advantage: 

  • Employing educational experiences that are learner-focused, contextually authentic, and centered on occupation.
  • Engaging in collaborative service, leadership, and advocacy with faculty and students in healthcare, educational, and community environments.
  • Nurturing and maintaining a community of occupational therapy students, scholars, and professionals who collaborate with communities optimizing the lives of all.
  • Fostering the value of healthy living by supporting occupational balance.

What is occupational therapy?

It is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent – or live better with – injury, illness, or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • An individual evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals;
  • Customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.  It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

Path to Occupational Therapy

  • Earn an undergraduate degree
  • Apply to an occupational therapy program
  • Earn a graduate degree in occupational therapy
  • Pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Obtain a license to practice occupational therapy in the state

The ACHE OT Advantage:

You will learn in an authentic learning environment; prepared for contemporary occupational therapy practice. As a transformative practitioner, you will be a change agent equipped to address the occupational needs of society. 

Our Leadership & Faculty

  • Experienced occupational therapy educators with a proven track record in accreditation
  • Experienced occupational therapy practitioners
  • Recognized as leaders in the profession
  • Dedicated to the service of others

Our Learning/Teaching Approach

  • Authentic learning approach and environment replacing the traditional classroom
  • Active and engaging
  • Learner-focused; individualized, supportive, and inclusive
  • Collaborative and interprofessional

Our Learning /Teaching Resources

  • State-of-the-art facilities including Simulation/Standardized Client Center
  • Experiential educators serving as fieldwork and doctoral capstone mentors
  • Technology to support pioneering educational experiences
  • Interprofessional clinic on site

Our Community

  • Focused on healthcare education
  • Located in a community that embraces our students
  • Located in a walkable community close to nature trails for walking and biking
  • Located in a comfortable, relatively small community affording convenience

Our Focus

  • Foster healthy living and well-being through occupation
  • Prepare skilled and compassionate occupational therapy professionals
  • Cultivate professionals to serve as change agents necessary for contemporary practice

Schedule a Visit

Our beautiful campus is something best experienced in person; therefore, we encourage visits! If you are interested in scheduling a visit or would like more information on our developing program, please call 479-308-2200 or send us a message below.

Faculty & Staff

Jennifer A. Moore, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CLA

Dean, School of Occupational Therapy

Elizabeth LeQuieu, PhD, OTR/L, CLA

Assistant Dean of Experiential Education

Donna Ruth

Executive Assistant to the Dean of the School of Occupational Therapy

Our Progress

The School of Occupational Therapy will make its home in the new, 66,000 square foot facility located in Heritage in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  The state-of-the-art building will feature lecture space and labs in a beautiful, modern setting located on the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education campus.  Other buildings include the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and campus housing, The Residents.  Move-in date for the new building is January 2020.

Doctoral-Degree-Level Occupational Therapy Program (Applicant Program)

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation 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.

Students must  complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.