ACHE School of Occupational Therapy

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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.

Occupational Therapy

Past, Present, Future

Watch this video to learn about how the ACHE School of Occupational Therapy defines the role of occupational therapy in improving the lives of others.

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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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.

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7006 Chad Colley Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72916

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