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Issue Date: December 2019
Published Online: December 18, 2019
Updated: April 30, 2020
2019 Representative Assembly Summary of Minutes
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2019 Representative Assembly Summary of Minutes
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2019, Vol. 73, 7312420015. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S211
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2019, Vol. 73, 7312420015. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S211
The business of the 41st spring meeting of the Representative Assembly is presented here in summary. A complete copy of the official minutes can be obtained from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website at http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA.aspx or from the AOTA National Office.
The Representative Assembly (RA) met in person on April 4, 2019, in New Orleans, LA, to discuss the following motions.
Following robust discussion, the RA voted to support dual entry-level degree levels. Occupational therapists may earn an entry-level master’s or doctoral degree, and occupational therapy assistants may earn an entry-level associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
A motion was made that the RA establish a policy for utilizing recommendations versus mandates regarding educational degree levels for the profession. This factually informed policy will include criteria stating that prior to considering a mandate, (1) 80% or more of programs will have attained full accreditation level at the potentially mandated degree level and (2) differential outcomes between the degree levels exists to support the mandate, based on outcome data collected from all current programs.