Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Overview


The Alvernia University Occupational Therapy program is dedicated to promoting the philosophy of the OT profession which states "occupations are activities that bring meaning to the daily lives of individuals, families, communities, and populations, and enable them to participate in society" (AOTA, 2017).

Our program provides outstanding preparation for roles in both traditional settings and newly emerging areas of need. The program’s 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 competent practitioners, skilled in providing occupation-focused, client- centered, and evidence-based services. 

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.

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)



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 6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. 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.


The program holds accreditation status for an entry-level professional master's degree. The next onsite visit from ACOTE is scheduled for academic year 2021-2022.


ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.


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


For Admissions:

For the 5 year BSHS & MSOT track contact:

For the entry-level MSOT track contact:

MSOT Master of Occupational Therapy