Welcome to the School of Occupational Therapy!
We are excited about our developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and know you will be too.
Thank you for visiting our website! As a developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program, we are eager to provide you with information about our leadership and faculty, curriculum, hands on approach to learning, state of the art facilities, and supportive community. We understand the importance of choosing an occupational therapy educational program that is right for you; please contact us if you have any questions or want to visit us in person. If you are interested in engaging in real-world experiences so you can make a real-world impact, ACHE OT is the place for you!
Dr. Jennifer Moore
Founding Dean, School of Occupational Therapy
To educate highly skilled and compassionate occupational therapy professionals and to prepare them to advocate for those with limited opportunities for occupational engagement.
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.
The School of Occupational Therapy will make its home in the new, 66,000 square-foot College of Health Sciences building located on the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas. This state-of-the-art building features beautiful lecture halls, a Pediatric Neurology Lab, Live & Learn Lab, quiet study rooms, and so much more!
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The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education has been granted Candidate Status for Accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.
The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. Questions concerning this status may be addressed to:
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
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 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 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.
The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution. Arkansas Colleges of Health Education admits students of any race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veterans’ status.