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Adventist OT Program Accredited

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ORLANDO, FL -- Adventist University of Health Sciences announced May 1 that its master of occupational therapy (OT) program was granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE found no areas of noncompliance and granted the maximum accreditation length for new programs, seven years.

Since its launch in August 2011, the program has operated under developing program status.

"The OT faculty has worked very hard to build an exceptional program. Receiving full accreditation with no areas of noncompliance is a huge testimony to the excellent job they've done," said David Greenlaw, president of Adventist University.

With the new accreditation status, graduates are now eligible for national certification to achieve occupational therapist, registered (OTR) standing.

"The recognition from ACOTE ensures students and the community that our OT program meets all of the standards required for entry-level practice," said Tia Hughes, chair of the department of occupational therapy. "Now it is up to our students to take that education and become leaders in the field while practicing healthcare as ministry."

Adventist University of Health Sciences, located near downtown Orlando, specializes in allied health and nursing education, and partners with Florida Hospital to provide clinical experience to students. Visit www.adu.edu

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