The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has granted accreditation to Le Moyne's College's Occupational (OT) Therapy Master's Program. Announced in early December, the ACOTE accreditation is for a period of seven years; prior to this, the program had been operating under the pre-accreditation process.

“Receiving accreditation by ACOTE is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work and expertise by a number of individuals within the program and the College,” said OT Program Director Ivelisse Lazzarini., OTD, OTR/L. “It is a reflection of  the quality of the program and our commitment to the high standards that ACOTE accreditation represents.”

Launched in 2015, Le Moyne’s OT program is the only institution in the greater Syracuse region to offer a master’s program in occupational therapy. The program’s first cohort of 30 began taking classes in summer 2015 and a second cohort of 37 students began in June 2016. The first OT class will graduate in May 2017.

The program offers courses in a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot space in Hanover Square in downtown Syracuse that opened in January 2016. The facility features classrooms, occupational therapy labs, student study and social spaces, and faculty offices. Among its features are a daily living lab with a kitchen and bathroom setting, allowing students to learn skills to transport and help patients relearn basic daily tasks.

Le Moyne’s Master of Science is a 24-month, 80-credit, full-time program; students who possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than occupational therapy are eligible to enroll in the program.

The accrediting body of the American Occupational Therapy Association, ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by the United States Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. It currently accredits 378 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs in the United States and its territories.