Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Dear Massachusetts AOTA members:

As many of you prepare to embark on your trip to New Orleans during the AOTA Annual Conference and Expo, the AOTA Representative Assembly is hard at work preparing for the Spring RA meeting which will be held on Thursday, April 4th from 9 am–3 pm at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street, Mardi Gras Ballroom, Salons DE. If you are attending Conference, we hope you will stop by to observe the RA in action as they deliberate professional standards and policies that move the profession of Occupational Therapy forward.

We are requesting your feedback on the motions that will be deliberated by the RA at its upcoming meeting:

AOTA RA Member Motions…/get-invo…/ra/meeting-spring-2019.aspx

  • Motion 1: Update Policy E.6 Entry-Level Education Motion 2: Policy on Recommended vs Mandated Educational Levels Motion 3: Expand Education and Practice for OTAs o Report of the 2015 OTA Education Ad Hoc Committee

Once you have reviewed the motions, please complete a brief survey-2019 RA Member Motions Feedback Survey:…/2019-RA-Member-Motions-Feedback-…

which will provide your Representative with comments and feedback on each motion. You may also contact your Representative, Jeramie Silveira, OTD, directly to ask questions or provide additional feedback.

Your input is critical to our decision making on important professional issues, and we appreciate your time and contribution.  We look forward to serving you and the Association at our meeting on April 4th!


Debi Hinerfeld, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Speaker of the AOTA Representative Assembly


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New ACOTE Accreditation Standards Adopted

After an extensive 2 ½-year process, multiple surveys to the communities of interest, and several open hearings, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has adopted new accreditation standards for doctoral-degree-level occupational therapy programs, master’s-degree-level occupational therapy programs, baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant programs, and associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant programs. The new Standards are available on the ACOTE accreditation section of the AOTA Web site ( Programs will be required to comply with the new 2018 Standards by July 31, 2020.

In addition, ACOTE voted to allow early implementation of two doctoral-level Standards as programs would like to develop their curricula to reflect the new Standards to better address the needs of their faculty and students and for strategic planning purposes. Specifically,

  1. Allow programs to waive the requirement in 2011 Standard A.3.2 for program applicants to hold a baccalaureate degree or higher prior to admission to the program.
  2. Allow OTD programs to have a 14-week Capstone Experience (2018 Standard D.1.3) versus a 16-week Capstone Experience (2011 Standard C.2.3).

ACOTE will host information sessions on the new Standards at the October 2018 Academic Leadership Council (ALC) meeting in Louisville, Kentucky and at the April 2019 AOTA Annual Conference and Expo in New Orleans. In the spring and fall of 2019, ACOTE will provide regional workshops for interested faculty. The workshops will focus on the changes in the new Standards and strategies that programs could use to ensure compliance.

Update on Entry-Level Education

At the August 2018 meeting, ACOTE took the following actions:


Lift the abeyance on the OTA mandate decision and rescind the mandate for a single point of entry for the occupational therapy assistant at the baccalaureate degree level.


Reaffirm the decision from August 2017 to require a single point of entry for the occupational therapist at the doctoral level.

ACOTE has acted in the best interests of all parties with the decision for a single point of entry for the occupational therapist and the dual point of entry for the occupational therapy assistant. ACOTE will continue to support educational programs to meet the growing needs of society and fulfill its potential in the 21st century. We look forward to working with educational programs to ensure quality occupational therapy education by supporting the preparation of competent occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. ACOTE will notify our stakeholders as these decisions impact their work and transition processes.

Any questions should be e-mailed to

Click here to see the FAQs from AOTA's Board of Directors on the OT and OTA Mandates

Click here for information for AOTA Members 

Fieldwork Position Statement from MAOT.

Guidelines for Provision of Occupational Therapy Services in Massachusetts Public Schools 

Click here  to read MAOT Guidelines

Questions please email

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