Perhaps you've been looking at Occupational Therapy and wondering if this is the career path for you. Ask yourself:

Do you...

  • Have a calling to serve others?
  • Find joy in helping people overcome obstacles and reach their goals?
  • Want a career that combines your own passions and interests in productive and meaningful ways?

With the five-year Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, you can help people improve their quality of life, independence, and state of health. In this program, you will:


As a graduate student in the five-year BSHS/MSOT program, you will:
  • Learn techniques that can assist in the recovery from or prevention of illness and injury
  • Explore what motivates people to accomplish goals and lead a meaningful life
  • Discover how everyday activities (occupations) influence emotional, physical, and spiritual health
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and values needed for a career helping others
  • Position yourself to complete both a bachelor’s and master's degree in Occupational Therapy in just five years
Graduate with accredited BSHS and MSOT degrees

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for 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 for 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 results 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.

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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 boosts a competitive pass rate on this exam. For the most up to date pass rate visit


Faculty Perspective

“The MSOT program provides the tools for the student to effect change through the application of research-based best practice with core knowledge, respecting the value of each and every individual. It helps to blend the sciences and the healing arts.”

Karen Cameron, OTR/L, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Student Perspective

“The MSOT program at Alvernia University has given me the opportunity to take the knowledge I've learned in the classroom setting and apply it to real-life situations.”  Candace Perez, MSOT '08

“The MSOT program at Alvernia University rewards its students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully restore occupational function to people in need. I also find that the professors are not only helping me fulfill my role as a student, but also developing my role as a future OT.”  Aaron Dearstyne, MSOT '12

BSHS/MSOT Contacts

Elizabeth M. Bentz, OTD, OTR/L, SIPT, RYT
Chair, Occupational Therapy Department
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator 
Bernardine Hall 114E

Amy J. Thomas, OTD, OTR/L, ARSP
Program Director, Occupational Therapy
Assistant Professor
Bernardine Hall 114C

Admissions Office

Student Center, 2nd Floor