The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education ACOTE) is an accrediting body for occupational therapy education. All new programs seeking accreditation by ACOTE are required to complete the same accreditation process. Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Occupational Therapy Accreditation Statement:

The following statements are concerned with accreditation and program credentialing mechanisms. 

“The entry-level occupational therapy Master’s Level 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 The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation 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.”

Accreditation Timeline:

  • ACOTE Candidacy Application Decision: March 2020
  • Students may be notified of acceptance into the MSOT program: April/May 2020
  • First-class starts: August 2020
  • Onsite evaluation: August/November 2022
  • Accreditation decision: December 2022
  • First-class graduates: December 2022

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC Complaint Procedures are available for review by all Pfeiffer students. SACSCOC has approved the Occupational Therapy program to offer an MSOT degree.