The Occupational Therapy Department is excited to announce it has received approval from the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) to begin admitting students to an entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree.  This new program builds upon the curriculum for the 5 year BSHS and MSOT track.  The entry-level MSOT degree is specifically designed to enable students who possess a baccalaureate degree to learn the knowledge, skills and values to become a successful entry-level professional occupational therapists.  The design of the curriculum is firmly embedded in the mission of Alvernia University and the values of American Occupational Therapy Association.  These create a foundation for values-centered learning that enables graduates to serve others and adopt positions of ethical leadership. 


Program Philosophy

Occupational therapy is therefore a transactional relationship whose end result, participation in preferred and valued occupations, is seen as stronger than the isolated components of human function. It is this knowledge of the health-and performance-enhancing effects of occupational engagement that allows people to participate in everyday activities to promote health, a sense of well-being, and increased quality of life.


The occupational therapy curriculum is based on an understanding of occupation, client centered, evidence-based, clinical reasoning, and the ideology underlying the Occupational Therapy Framework: Domains and Process, third edition (AOTA, 2014), which describes the profession's unique focus on, and use of, occupation to enable individuals to participate in lives that hold meaning to them. Graduates will develop a broad perspective in the use of occupation to solve problems for various conditions that interfere with the quality of life and individuals, groups, communities, and populations.

The sequence of instructional goals and objectives presents basic concepts in beginning courses. Building on this foundation, increasingly complex layers of knowledge and skills are introduced, practiced, and mastered. Interdisciplinary core courses create opportunities to discuss issues from multiple perspectives and broaden the process of learning.

Curriculum Threads
  1. Critical thinking and scientific inquiry.
  2. Reflection on ethical, moral, and professional values
  3. Current and emerging practices.

The capstone experience for the entry-level MSOT is the completion of a research project to address a problem related to occupational science or participation, practice or service delivery, or education.  By completing the research project students demonstrate proficiency in ethical research, and the ability to identify, evaluate, collect and use evidence.  A written report and oral presentation of the research findings demonstrates the integration of a professional identity as a master’s level occupational therapists. 

MSOT Contacts

Gregory Chown, OTD, BHSc (OT), BA, CPAM
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Graduate Coordinator

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education

540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610-796-8296
Fax: 610-796-8367

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