Welcome to the School of Occupational Therapy!

We are excited about our developing Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and know you will be too.

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Dean’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website.  We are an applicant program seeking accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).  We are eager to provide you with information regarding our progress towards receiving approval to admit our inaugural class.  Please explore our website to learn about our experienced leadership and faculty, hands on approach to learning, state-of-the-art facilities, supportive community, and admissions process.

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) has given us an extraordinary gift, the opportunity to educate those who will make a difference in healthcare.  The School of Occupational Therapy (ACHE OT) will not take this gift for granted and is committed to educating highly skilled and compassionate occupational therapy professionals.  We understand the importance of choosing an occupational therapy program that is right for you.  Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to visit us in person.  If you are interested in engaging in real-world experiences and making a real-world impact, ACHE OT is the place for you!


Dr. Jennifer Moore
Founding Dean, School of Occupational Therapy

Our Mission

To educate highly skilled and compassionate occupational therapy professionals and to prepare them to advocate for those with limited opportunities for occupational engagement.

Our Vision

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education School of Occupational Therapy will be nationally and internationally recognized as a pioneer in innovative occupational therapy education and as a partner in practice and research to meet real world occupational needs.

OT Open House

Learn all about the ACHE School of Occupational Therapy at one of our upcoming Open House events!


The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Our Facilities

​The School of Occupational Therapy makes its home in the new, 66,000 square-foot College of Health Sciences building located on the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  This state-of-the-art building features interprofessional learning spaces like the Live & Learn, Pediatric, and Neurology Labs that mirror “real world” practice.  Students will enjoy all of the learning environments, the quiet study rooms, and so much more!

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7006 Chad Colley Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72916

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