Admissions & Certification Information

Certification & Licensure Information

Technical Standards

Graduate OT students are required to perform certain technical standards. Accepted students must attest to their ability to perform each of these necessary standards prior to beginning classes.

Augusta University Criminal Conviction Disclosure

An integral part of the OT curriculum is successful completion of fieldwork experiences throughout the program. All OT students must consent to a criminal background check to have access to fieldwork sites. Prior criminal history may impact the student's ability to be cleared for client contact, thus jeopardizing successful completion of the program. 

Students are continually required to disclose in writing to their dean and/or the director of Campus Life Services any and all criminal convictions occurring since completing the application for admission. Disclosure of a prior criminal record is required on the admission application. Criminal convictions include adjudication of guilt by a judge or jury for any crime. It does not include minor traffic offenses, but  does include no contest pleas, first-offender treatment, convictions under appeal, and convictions which have since been pardoned. Minor traffic offenses are those which do not involve driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, do not result in imprisonment, and for which a fine of less than $250 was imposed. Disclosures should be made within 30 days of conviction. Retrieved from Augusta University Student Handbook Section 3.10.

Professional Certification & Licensure

Graduates of accredited programs are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successfully completing the NBCOT certification examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). All states, including Georgia, require licensure to practice. Once the therapist receives a professional license, she/he is considered an OTR/L. Requirements for state licensure vary but all states require that the applicant earn a passing score on the NBCOT Certification exam.

Disclaimer of Certification and Licensure

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) requires applicants to answer questions concerning felony history. This information is then available to state licensing boards. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Augusta University Department of Occupational Therapy program assumes no responsibility for ineligibility to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or the denial of state licensure.

Augusta University does NOT guarantee that programs that fulfill Georgia licensure requirements will necessarily satisfy the criteria of professional boards in other states or territories.  Students from outside Georgia who are considering a course and/or program which leads to licensure should contact the appropriate Board in their state of residence prior to beginning a course of study.

For further information, please contact:

National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc.

One Bank Street

Suite 300

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 301-990-7979 
Fax: 301-869-8492 

Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217-3858
Telephone: 478-207-1620


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