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What does "developing program" or "Developing Program Status" mean?

Both terms refer to new programs that are not yet accredited but are in the process of seeking accreditation. A developing program entered the accreditation system before December 1, 1994, automatically became a developing program, and could immediately admit students. Effective December 1, 1994, new programs seeking initial accreditation must submit an Application and Development Plan to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The Application and Development Plan are reviewed and the ACOTE must take an action to either grand or deny Developing Program Status. The Application and Development Plan describes how the program intends to comply with the Standards. Developing Program Status must be obtained before students can be admitted into the program. Not all programs are successful in obtaining Developing Program Status. After a program becomes a developing program or is granted Developing Program Status, the program will submit a Report of Self-Study for review by ACOTE and will have an on-site evaluation. If the program can successfully demonstrate substantial compliance with the Standards, it will be granted accreditation. If not, accreditation will be withheld.

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