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The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community
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The OTD mandate, announced by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)  in August of 2017 continues to be a serious point of discussion within the profession.  Late Friday, the AOTA Board of Directors passed a motion to put the mandate into abeyance (hit the pause button) until the Representative Assembly can address member concerns.  This follows ACOTE reaffirming their intention to move to the OTD as the  entry level degree for occupational therapists and to maintain two points of entry (Bachelors and Associate) for occupational therapy assistants. 

This is a complex issue involving who has the authority and responsibility to set entry level educational requirements.  I encourage you to  follow this link: https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/BOD/News/2018/Message-From-AOTA-Board-Directors-OTD-OTA-Mandates.aspx to read the statement released by AOTA that explains the issues and concerns. 

I am more than willing to discuss the current situation with any concerned OT or OTAs and am looking forward to the process that the RA will undertake to explore entry level degrees. I can be reached at dmdavis@hsc.wvu.edu.

I will continute to represent the AOTA members residing in WV during this process. 

PLAN TO ATTEND IN THE FALL!

The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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