Ranks Top Occupational Therapy Programs for 2016

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Higher Education Website Finds U.S. Schools with Best Occupational Therapy Programs

A new list ranking the Best Occupational Therapy Programs in the nation has been released by leading higher education information and resource provider Community for Accredited Online Schools ( Comparing hundreds of on-campus and online vocational programs across the country for 2016-2017, the following schools earned top honors: for four-year schools, Daytona State College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, Madison Area Technical College, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Florida State College at Jacksonville; for two-year schools, Houston Community College, Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus, South Arkansas Community College, Cape Fear Community College and Itawamba Community College.

“The first step to becoming an occupational therapist is to earn an occupational assistant degree,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These schools are home to the best entry-level occupational therapy education programs in the nation, providing a quality education that enables students to either begin working or continue on to Graduate studies and formal certification.”

A comparison of more than a dozen unique data points was used to determine where each program ranked. Each school on the list was also required to meet certain baseline criteria to qualify; the Community for Accredited Online Schools requires all schools to be accredited two- or four-year institutions and hold either public or private not-for-profit status. Each college must also offer career placement services to students post-graduation.

The full list of schools included on the Best Occupational Therapy Programs list for 2016 is included below. For specific data and details on where each school scored visit the full rankings page:

Two-year programs recognized:

Augusta Technical College
Cape Fear Community College
Casper College
Central Community College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
Del Mar College
Delaware Technical Community College - Owens
Delaware Technical Community College - Stanton/Wilmington
Delgado Community College
East Arkansas Community College
East Central College
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus
Fox Valley Technical College
Harcum College
Hawkeye Community College
Houston Community College
Indian Hills Community College
Itawamba Community College
Jefferson College
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Kennebec Valley Community College
Lake Area Technical Institute
Lone Star College
Lorain County Community College
Manchester Community College
Marion Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Murray State College
Nashville State Community College
North Central State College
North Dakota State College of Science
Owens Community College
Pitt Community College
Pueblo Community College
Rhodes State College
River Valley Community College
Roane State Community College
Sacramento City College
Sinclair College
South Arkansas Community College
Southwest Virginia Community College
Spokane Falls Community College
Stark State College
State Fair Community College
Wallace State Community College - Hanceville
Weatherford College
Western Technical College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Zane State College

Four-year programs recognized:

Arkansas Tech University
Baker College of Muskegon
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Daytona State College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Goodwin College
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
Kent State University at Ashtabula
Kent State University at East Liverpool
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Madison Area Technical College
Maria College
Mercy College
Middle Georgia State College
New England Institute of Technology
Newman University
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Polk State College
Remington College - Heathrow Campus
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Shawnee State University
South Texas College
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
St. Catherine University
State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
Touro College
University of Charleston
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Southern Indiana
Washburn University


About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.

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