Accreditation Update

Developing Program: Candidacy Status

The Clovis Community College associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant 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)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-AOTA

The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before our graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure 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.

Candidacy Status Approval for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Clovis Community College:
ACOTE Accreditation Timeline: Anticipated Timing:
Candidacy Status Received March 2020
First Cohort Admitted Cohort Start January 2021
Initial Report of Self-Study Due July 2021
Pre-Accreditation Decision December 2021
First cohort begins Fieldwork II January 2022
Initial On-site evaluation March 2022
ACOTE Accreditation Decision April 2022
First Graduating Cohort May 2022
NBCOT exam eligibility May 2022
pending accreditation status granted

If ACOTE withholds accreditation due to the OTA program not being in substantial compliance with accreditation standards, all of the OTA core course units are void and non-transferrable to another institution. Should accreditation be withheld, the OTA program at Clovis Community College has the opportunity to appeal the decision. In the event of non-accreditation, the OTA program faculty will assist students in identifying other institutions of higher education in order to meet individual educational goals.

Program Notification Requirements:

Program Responsibilities

The college administration, OTA program director, and OTA faculty assume responsibility for communication with ACOTE and will:

  • Inform ACOTE of the transfer of program sponsorship or change of the institution’s name within 30 days of the transfer or change.
  • Inform ACOTE within 30 days of the date of notification of any adverse accreditation action taken to change the sponsoring institution’s accreditation status to probation or withdrawal of accreditation.
  • Notify and receive ACOTE approval for any significant program changes prior to the admission of students into the new/changed program.
  • Inform ACOTE within 30 days of the resignation of the program director or appointment of a new or interim program director.
  • Pay accreditation fees within 90 days of the invoice date.
  • Submit a Report of Self-Study and other required reports (e.g., Interim Report, Plan of Correction, Progress Report) within the period designated by ACOTE. All reports must be complete and contain all requested information.
  • Agree to a site visit date before the end of the period for which accreditation was previously awarded.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity in all interactions with ACOTE
  • Comply with the current requirements of all ACOTE policies.

(ACOTE standard A.1.5. Notification Requirements)