Tuskegee University Occupational Therapy Department
The Occupational Therapy Program at Tuskegee University was established in 1978 with the first class graduating in 1980. Tuskegee University houses the second oldest professional program in Occupational Therapy in the State of Alabama, and the second oldest program at a historically black college or university.
The program received initial accreditation on January 11, 1980 and has maintained continuous accreditation, first with the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association (CAHEA) and beginning in 1998 with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). As of 2017, Tuskegee University's Occupational Therapy Department has received the maximum amount of 10 years of accreditation, with the next ACOTE visit in the 2025/2026 academic year.
Under the reigns of Program Director Dr. Jannett Lewis-Clark, Tuskegee's Occupational Therapy Program has become the #1 Ranked HBCU Health Profession Program in the Nation for the 2016/2017 academic year. Dr. Clark is responsible for the Program's 142% influx in certification pass rate, which helped remove the program from accreditation probation.