Occupational therapy (OT) is a health-care profession that uses occupation, or meaningful activity, to help people achieve independence and lead productive and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists form a dynamic and collaborative partnership with service recipients in order to support their maximal participation in societal roles. The uniqueness of occupational therapy lies in the recognition and appreciation of the importance of day-to-day occupations that are used to positively influence one's health and well-being.

Reasons to Choose Xavier

Graduate Success

Outcome data from Xavier University's occupational therapy program demonstrate graduates have a high passage rate on the national certification exam, passage of which is required to practice as an occupational therapist. See passage rates, here. Similarly, Xavier's graduates have a high success rate of obtaining employment in their chosen area of interest. Many local and regional employers request Xavier graduates for position openings.

Fieldwork Education

Fieldwork education is a valuable component of the entry level master of occupational therapy program. Fieldwork provides the opportunity to connect the knowledge learned in the classroom to the various practice arenas of occupational therapy.

Student Occupational Therapy Association

This group is formed on the Xavier University campus by the current students enrolled in the occupational therapy program to provide networking opportunities among classmates, a forum for student focus on professional activities, sharing of professional information, and the opportunity to become involved in the American Occupational Therapy Association from a student level.


Xavier's program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, c/o Accreditation Department, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301-652-AOTA; www.acoteonline.org.

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