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EWU's Occupational Therapy Program is friendly, dynamic and innovative program with approximately 100 full-time students. Students engage in coursework designed to build practice skills across the lifespan in physical, mental, and preventive care paradigms. Emphasis is placed in community-based and client-centered activities through interactive class tasks, labs and various facility experiences. The program emphasizes community-based and interdisciplinary service delivery models essential for successful practice in rural, underrepresented and underserved areas. The Occupational Therapy Program also benefits from its attractive location with a vibrant city life and culture, set near downtown Spokane and close to some of Washington's most beautiful lakes and mountains with excellent hiking and skiing opportunities.

Our Mission Statement:

  • To develop person-centered occupational therapists of the highest integrity who practice with a strong occupation-based foundation from which they support and promote quality of life and full participation.
  • To prepare students for a broad scope of practice with consideration for addressing the needs of the underserved.

  • To deliver an academic program which meets a spectrum of educational needs for students and professionals, in collaboration with community partners, while demonstrating teaching and learning excellence. 

  • To advance the profession with new, innovative, and cost effective services for current and future practice opportunities.

Our Vision Statement:

We envision a globally active community of students, faculty, and community partners who demonstrate a respect for diversity, a passion for learning, and a commitment to person-centered, occupation-focused, and evidence-based practice.

ACCREDITATION:
The Professional Occupational Therapy Program at Eastern Washington University is fully accredited 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.

EWU's graduates are able 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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. REQUIREMENT: Following completion of academic coursework, all students must successfully complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months before taking the Certification exam. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

NBCOT RESULTS:

The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as new graduate test takers in 2010-2012 was 85 out of 90, which is a pass rate of 94%.  Since the inception of the MOT program, 100% of program graduates who did not pass the certification examination as first-time test takers passed on a repeated attempt.

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