Accreditation & Student Outcomes

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program 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.

Accreditation Timeline

Self-Study Report                   November 2022
Pre-Accreditation Review      Spring 2023
On-site Evaluation                  Fall 2023

Student Outcomes
The Duke OTD inaugural cohort graduates in 2024. At that time, program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

Student Retention

Matriculation Year

Students Enrolled

Students Graduated

Graduation Rate



To be reported May 2024

To be reported Fall 2024



To be reported May 2025

to be reported Fall 2025



To be reported May 2026

to be reported Fall 2026



To be reported May 2027

to be reported Fall 2027