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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2004
CONTACT: Millie Gonzalez
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)
E-mail: mgonzale@kean.edu

Kean University's Occupational Therapy
Program Receives 10-year Re-accreditation

UNION, N.J. – During the 2002-03 academic year, Kean’s Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) underwent a rigorous review, evaluation and revision that recently earned it a full, 10-year re-accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®). With the endorsement comes the recognition that students who successfully complete Kean’s OT program understand the current climate of the OT field and are able to deliver quality health-care services within a diverse community. In addition, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination, administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc.

For more than 25 years, the University’s OT department has provided its students with a comprehensive, first-rate, professional education designed to foster personal and professional growth. In fact, Kean’s OT program received its first accreditation two years after its inception in 1976, and has since continued to educate students to become competent occupational therapists. “The University has an unwavering commitment to its students, and to its mission to provide educational excellence, diversity and access,” said President Dr. Dawood Farahi. “The re-accreditation of the occupational therapy program is evidence that graduates of Kean are prepared to succeed in a very complex and competitive educational and professional environment.” However, the re-accreditation, which determined that Kean complies with all of ACOTE®’s educational standards with no deficiencies, carries with it an even greater distinction for the University. The ACOTE® review board determined that Kean had no issues of noncompliance in any areas, which include, but are not limited to, its mission, philosophy, curriculum, academic resources and student evaluations. The next on-site evaluation will take place during the 2013-14 academic year.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA®) is a nationally recognized organization of approximately 40,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students of occupational therapy. According to the AOTA® Web site, the ACOTE® is committed to the establishment, promotion and evaluation of standards of excellence in OT education, and serves as a model for ethical, accountable and efficient practices. By establishing rigorous standards for OT education, ACOTE® supports the preparation of competent occupational therapists by assuring the quality of an institution or program and assisting in the improvement of same. The mission of ACOTE® is to foster the development and accreditation of quality OT education programs that will ultimately benefit the students, institutions of higher education, OT consumers and professionals.