The UNLV Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program has been granted pre-accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA®). ACOTE® is the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education and oversees the accreditation process for all new occupational therapy programs.

UNLV Academic Program Accreditation Information

For ACOTE® accreditation information, contact:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-6611 x2042

If you need to contact the program/institution directly call 702-895-1624 or email

A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination or to attain state licensure as an Occupational Therapist.

OTd Program Contact

Donna Costa, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Program Director

Licensure Exam and State of Nevada Licensure Requirements Disclosure

After successfully completing the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program, students become eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination (NBCOT®). Graduating students must take and pass the NBCOT® to become a licensed occupational therapist. In addition to taking and passing the NBCOT exam, graduating students must apply for licensure to practice as an occupational therapist in each U.S. state or territory where they will work.

The UNLV OTD Program encourages all prospective and current students to fully explore the licensure requirements in each state(s) where they wish to practice in the future. For more details regarding state licensure, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website. The AOTA website provides students and current licensees with contact information for the respective occupational therapy licensing boards for all U.S. states and U.S. territories, as well as useful tools to determine state by state licensing requirements

  • Nevada Occupational Therapy Licensure - Educational Requirements
    • The Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at UNLV has determined that the UNLV occupational therapy doctorate program meets the educational requirements for state licensure in Nevada as outlined in NRS 640A and NAC 64OA.
  • Nevada Occupational Therapy Licensure - Non-Educational Requirements
    • Non-Educational requirements, as outlined in NRS 640A and NAC 640A (as of July 2020), include the following: Must pass NBCOT exam; must provide an official transcript from an accredited occupational therapy program; must take and pass The Nevada Occupational Therapy Jurisprudence Examination; must submit an application and pay a fee; and, be a citizen of the U.S. or otherwise have a legal right to work in the U.S.

Those planning to apply for a license to practice occupational therapy in Nevada are encouraged to review the relevant Nevada statues and regulations regarding the practice of occupational therapy. Contact the Nevada Board of Occupational Therapy.