Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

More students are seeking out Occupational Therapy programs every year as the major grows in popularity.

The Occupational Therapy programs at Alvernia University are dedicated to promoting the health, well-being, and quality of life of persons experiencing disability.

Our programs provide outstanding preparation for roles in both traditional settings and newly emerging areas of need. The programs’ distinctive evidence-based, occupation-focused, and client’ centered approach combines challenging coursework, diverse clinical placements, and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty who are leaders in their fields.

Our program focus is simple.

To prepare excellent practitioners who are prepared to provide occupation-focused, client-centered, and evidence-based services and are committed to leadership in practice.

Two distinct tracks in Occupational Therapy.

Alvernia University offers two Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree tracks based upon a student's previous coursework.

  • The five-year Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation, is designed to prepare graduates for entry into professional level occupational therapy practice.
  • The Entry Level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another area of study and wish to become qualified as an occupational therapist.

Work in a variety of occupational therapy fields.

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Practice as an occupational therapist in schools, rehabilitation centers, homes, community agencies, mental health facilities, general hospitals, and private practice
  • Provide consultation to other healthcare professionals, schools, agencies, and businesses
  • Work with the elderly to maintain their independence in the community
  • Teach in occupational therapy professional programs
  • Advocate for at risk populations
  • Provide services for international non-governmental organizations
  • Conduct research

Teaching excellence - a hallmark of the MSOT program

Alvernia University faculty are actively engaged in research and scholarship to further build and apply the knowledge base of OT. As faculty share their expertise in classes, MSOT students benefit from hearing about cutting edge developments in theory and practice. Innovative clinical learning experiences (Practicum II Fieldwork) are woven through all Alvernia University courses in the educational program.

Up-to-date curriculum

The occupational therapy program curriculum reflects the commitment of the Alvernia University occupational therapy faculty to high-quality, rigorous, up-to-date preparation for practice. The MSOT curriculum is designed to provide integrated preparation for diverse professional roles as an occupational therapy practitioner in traditional settings as well as in areas of newly identified need. The curriculum follows a development sequence that integrates academic courses and clinical learning experiences (Practicum II Fieldwork) throughout the program.


On November 30, 2012, the program received a 7-year accreditation for an entry-level professional master’s degree

In 2016, the program successfully completed the Interim Report process and the status of the entry-level MSOT degree program remians accredited. The date of the next On Site visit from ACOTE is scheduled for academic year 2019-2020.

The entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-2682 and its web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the NBCOT exam, the individual becomes an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the result of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

All students in the occupational therapy program at Alvernia University must complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months of completing undergraduate or prerequisite course work. After passing the NBCOT Certification Examination, the student will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) and after attaining state licensure they are entitled to use the designation OTR/L.

Board Certification

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become board certified by NBCOT. Alvernia boasts a competitive pass rate on this exam. For the most up to date pass rate visit

Accreditation Statement for
Alvernia University's OT Programs

The occupational therapy programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located...


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