OT program attains preaccreditation status

  • Date: September 1, 2017

Omaha, Neb. -  At its Aug. 3-6 meeting, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) voted to grant Preaccreditation Status to NMC's Master of Occupational Therapy program.

Preaccreditation Status indicates that the program would appear to meet ACOTE's Accreditation Standards if fully implemented in accordance with the plans. 

ACOTE listed the following as program strengths:

  • Strong college familiarity and record with delivery of health professions education
  • Dedicated and recognized leadership with the program director
  • Strong support from the college for program development and sustainability

ACOTE cited as remaining areas of concern:
The following are concerns related to compliance that remain after review of the initial Report of Self-Study and the additional materials submitted prior to the Preaccreditation Review. Please note that other compliance  concerns may arise as additional information is reviewed prior to and during the initial on-site evaluation. 

1.       A.5.1 Strategic Plan: The program stated in its response that it had uploaded an additional revised document for strategic plan to reflect the three-year period and that timeline action steps were added, yet there does not appear to be an updated strategic plan at this time.

ACOTE's Action:

  • The initial on-site evaluation of the program has been scheduled for Sept. 11-13. These dates should allow completion of the accreditation process prior to graduation of the first class of students. The NBCOT school code assigned to the OTM program is 23106.
  • In preparation for the initial on-site evaluation, the program director, Dr. Kimmerling, will prepare the additional materials requested in the Report of Preaccreditation Review. Dr. Kimmerling will be notified by email if any  Standards have been re-opened for response.

Accreditation Details:
The entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program at Nebraska Methodist College has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council  for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.  Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, 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, most 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 within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. 

About Nebraska Methodist College

The Omaha, Nebraska-based Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health - the Josie Harper Campus has been teaching the meaning of care for 125 years and countingAn affiliate of Methodist Health System, NMC offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees both on campus and online. Nebraska Methodist College is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.