The entry-level occupational therapy Masters degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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 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.

Current Accreditation Status

As of May 2020, Pfeiffer University is considered to be a Developing Program by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Accreditation Timeline:

  • ACOTE Candidacy Application Decision: May 2020
  • Students may be notified of acceptance into the MSOT program: May/June 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.