St. Bonaventure's inaugural class of MSOT students at a December 2022 pinning ceremony celebrating completion of 17 months of didactic coursework.

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Occupational Therapy (MSOT)


The Master of Science degree in occupational therapy is a professional degree program that prepares students academically and professionally for responsibilities and services as an occupational therapist.


Why a career in OT?


The greatest satisfaction in your life may be helping people, from infants to our elderly population, achieve the greatest meaning in their lives. Discover your love for helping others through the Occupational Therapy program at St. Bonaventure University.

The occupational therapy program educates students as generalist practitioners, in accordance with the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Occupational therapists provide holistic and client-centered care in a number of settings, including inpatient and outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, and community-based mental health programs. OTs build and utilize skills specific to the setting and client population served. For this reason, occupational therapy students will gain knowledge and entry-level competencies across all settings and with all ages so that they are prepared for employment in any area of practice.  


Earn your MSOT in 23 consecutive months


Program includes a summer semester of fully online courses and technology requirements for face-to-face online learning.

Students can complete the program in 5+ consecutive trimesters. This includes one summer session that is completely online and a semester off campus (the last) during which students are completing Level II fieldwork requirements.

Three of the courses within the summer semester are delivered as 100% online courses. These courses (9 credits total) make up 12.3 % of the total credits required to complete the program. Please see our Curriculum & Courses page for more information.

Admitted students are expected to have technology that will support face-to-face and online learning, reliable internet access, and a webcam. For details, please see "Technology requirements for distance learning" on our Admission Criteria page.

Fully invested faculty


Learn from knowledgeable, caring and approachable instructors who will help you at every turn to ensure your success both in and out of the classroom.

Why choose OT? Why a master's, not a doctorate?


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 16% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for occupational therapists was $84,950 in May 2019.

According to CNBC in 2019, OT was included in the top 5 of the 11 most meaningful college majors and how much they pay.

And there are a number of sound reasons, from cost to time, for choosing to pursue a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy over the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree. Click on the plus sign below for a review of why the MSOT may be the right choice for you.   
 

  • First-class facilities


    From Anatamage tables, the most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system available today, to hands-on instruction stations, our program helps you become the best therapist you can be.

    Learn in modern state-of-the-art surroundings


    The OT program is part of the Dennis R. DePerro School of Health Professions, which is located in Francis Hall, one of the most iconic buildings on campus. A comprehensive $18 million renovation project in 2020-2021 created a new, modern home for OT and other DePerro School programs.

    A comfortable and welcoming space for students, Francis Hall boasts state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, from high-tech classrooms and labs to exam rooms, group study spaces, student breakout rooms and other modern amenities.
     


    iBona Initiative: Apple-certified faculty & student iPads


    Instructors in the occupational therapy program have earned Apple Teacher Certification as part of their commitment to utilize Apple iPads to enhance the learning experience for students. It's part of the program's iBona initiative. Learn more.

     

     


    Program accreditation

    The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

    A visit to campus by a team from ACOTE, the final step in the accreditation process, is scheduled for late March 2023. Our accreditation status will be updated following that visit.


  • Department mission, philosophy & expectations


    Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of society through the preparation of highly skilled occupational therapists, and through scholarship to discover, evaluate, and implement new knowledge to improve models of practice and methods of intervention in both our local rural context and globally. 

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