ACOTE Statement Regarding the OTA Education Level Mandate
At the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education's (ACOTE®'s) August 2017 meeting, two motions were made regarding the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant. The first motion resulted in a vote to mandate that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027. The second motion resulted in a vote to mandate the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapy assistant move to the baccalaureate level by July 1, 2027.
Since the mandate announcement, ACOTE has heard from various stakeholders expressing concerns about the decision to move the occupational therapy assistant to the baccalaureate degree requirement. As a result of this feedback, ACOTE held a meeting on October 16, 2017, and decided to hold the OTA mandate decision in abeyance. In the meantime, ACOTE will conduct a forum to discuss and open the process by which individuals can formally submit comments to ACOTE.
Representatives from ACOTE will hold a forum at the Occupational Therapy Assistant Academic Leadership Council meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 3:30 p.m.—7:45 p.m. For individuals not attending the Academic Leadership Council meeting in Fort Worth, a survey and an email box have been created to collect comments regarding the mandate for the occupational therapy assistant. ACOTE will review all comments received from the forum, through e-mails submitted to email@example.com, and from the comments within this survey to determine how to proceed with this matter. This survey will close on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
We appreciate your input. Thank you.
The survey may be accessed here.
Special Feature: Our Professionals at Work
In recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, READ what Jennifer Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA the OT representative for the Massachusetts Commission on Falls Prevention says about OT's role in this area.
Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants in the state of Massachusetts work in a variety of settings serving a population as equally diverse as the environment and context itself. In recognition of the talent and energy of these dedicated professionals, MAOT is pleased to introduce a new topic to our website titled “Special Feature: Our Profession at Work". Each month and when possible in conjunction with national awareness months/days, MAOT will highlight the work of an OT practitioner or group of practitioners in an interview format with accompanying visual images if available. Should you or someone you know be interested in showcasing your skills, please contact MAOT's Public Relations Representative, Ellie Meyer at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please join us in congratulating the following Massachusetts occupational therapy professionals who received awards at the 2017 AOTA Conference:
OTA Award of Excellence-Melissa Tilton, BS, COTA, ROH
AOTA Roster of Fellows-Tina Champagne, OTD, OTR
AOTA Roster of Fellows-Maureen Nardella, MS, OTR
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