Improve people's lives by using occupation, or meaningful activity, to address physical, emotional or educational needs, whether it's a child born with physical disabilities or office workers seeking relief from repetitive stress injuries. As an Occupational Therapy student, you'll graduate in five and a half years, first with a bachelor's degree and then an entry-level master's degree, ready to make a difference in the lives of others—guaranteed.
of Xavier Occupational Therapy graduates are employed or enrolled in a full-time graduate program within 90 days of graduation.
The best way to learn is through hands-on practice and Cincinnati is the perfect classroom. Develop your professional skills in locations varying from hospitals to day care centers and mental health facilities. All students participate in internships that prepare them for entry-level career positions.
At Xavier, you'll have access to a variety of classroom environments to provide you with a well-rounded learning experience. Our clinical and daily living labs allow for patient assessment and our state-of-the-art computer lab features technology for research and intervention.
Traditionally, service learning requirements are met in the greater Cincinnati area, but Occupational Therapy students have the option to complete their service work in Guatemala. This summer program will provide you with international experience and skills to last a lifetime.
Learn in an environment that emphasizes a holistic approach to healthcare and education. As one of five Jesuit institutions in the nation that offer an occupational therapy program, Xavier's known for teaching students to care for the entire individual—not just the medical diagnosis.
Average size of classes
Hospitals within 10 miles of campus
Earn a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Students have access to a mentor
For the past 20 years, family, friends, faculty and devotees of Xavier’s Occupational Therapy program have made contributions to the Virginia Scardina Interdisciplinary Education fund. This year, their efforts finally paid off.
Occupational Therapy provides support for everyday living tasks and is the seventh-most popular major at Xavier.
Over the summer, Natalie Schultz traveled to Guatemala with Xavier’s OT program to complete over 30 service-learning hours required for her degree.
100 percent of our occupational therapy students receive job offers before they graduate. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in
home health care agency settings