School of Occupational Therapy

About Occupational Therapy

The Mission of the School of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health profession which is committed to helping all people participate in necessary and meaningful activities of life.    The School of Occupational Therapy provides graduate education programs preparing students to become occupational therapists who excel in Practice, Inquiry and Advocacy.  Building on and continuing the values of liberal education, students are guided to become excellent practitioners in diverse settings; to improve the profession by engaging in practice scholarship; and to provide leadership and advocacy ranging from local to international levels.  In conjunction with its educational mission, the School engages with the larger professional and client community to encourage high quality services and to advocate for the health and participation of people, organizations and populations through meaningful occupation.

Center for Productive Living

The CPL provides services to the community while at the same time providing educational opportunities for Brenau students.

The Brenau School of Occupational Therapy entry-level master’s degree programs at the Gainesville and North Atlanta/Norcross campuses are accredited 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 of AOTA is (301) 652 AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Information about the MSOT program graduates’ performance on the national certification examination for the occupational therapist (administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, NBCOT) can be found here: https://www.nbcot.org/en/Educators/Home#SchoolPerformance.

The Brenau University entry-level occupational therapy doctoral 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 www.acoteonline.org. The first cohort began classes in August 2020. The program must then 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.

Brenau University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance (online) education, and it provides Brenau University approval to offer its distance education programs in other NC-SARA states, found at http://www.nc-sara.org/sara states-institutions.