Exciting news! Alvernia University is preparing to launch a new Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program. The PP-OTD is a clinical, practice-oriented program that offers advanced skill development for individuals with an earned Masters of Occupational Therapy degree. This student-centric program will facilitate professional growth and development in the student’s chosen practice area with a focus on the creation of innovative, inclusive OT programs and services. Please continue to check this site for upcoming information about this exciting program and for the official launch date announcement!
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.
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Degree Tracks
Alvernia 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.
The 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 is 301-652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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.
Career Options with an Occupational Therapy Degree
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb. The median annual wage for occupational therapists in 2019 was $84,950.
- Rehabilitation Director for skilled nursing facility
- Home Health OT
- Pediatric OT for inpatient and outpatient clinics
- School-based and Telehealth OT
- Early Intervention OT
- Hand therapist
- Staff therapist for hospitals
- Occupational Therapist for VA Medical Centers
- OT in the Army Medical Specialist Corps
- Investigator/Track Research for large corporation
- Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for a university
- OT in community Mental Health Centers
- Occupational Therapist specializing in low vision, driver rehabilitation, work hardening, home and environmental modifications, and sensory integration
The total number of graduates from the Alvernia University 5-year BSHS+MSOT program during the 3-year period of 2018-2020 was 162, with an overall graduation rate of 97%.
The total number of graduates from the Alvernia University Entry-Level MSOT program during the 3-year period of 2018-2020 was 51, with an overall graduation rate of 96%.
A break down of Alvernia's 3-Year MSOT Graduation Rate is available for each program.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become board certified bythe National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Alvernia boasts a competitive pass rate on this exam.
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/en/educators/home#schoolperformance.
For more information about Alvernia’s 5-year Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or email@example.com.
For more information about Alvernia’s Entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, please contact the School of Graduate and Adult Admissions Office at 610-796-5187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or please reach out directly to:
Elizabeth M. Bentz, OTD, OTR/L, SIPT, RYT
Chair, Occupational Therapy Department
Bernardine Hall 114E
Amy J. Thomas, OTD, OTR/L, ARSP
Program Director, Occupational Therapy
Bernardine Hall 114C