Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy welcomed back students to the 2020-2021 school year. The wearing of masks, social distancing, and disinfecting surfaces remains part of everyday life on campus. Offices are open, faculty are available, and classes and labs are underway with a variety of formats from hybrid to in-person to remote. Additionally, Xavier University provides much information via a Covid-19 Resource Center along with a rigorous Test, Treat, and Trace protocol to halt the spread of Covid-19. Students and faculty alike are enjoying the  learning afforded by this Spring 2021 semester.

Occupational therapy (OT) is a health-care profession that uses occupation, or meaningful activity, to help persons, groups, and communities 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 Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited through 2021-2022 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, c/o Accreditation Department, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, 301-652-AOTA; www.acoteonline.org. ACOTE also granted Candidacy Status in December 2019 to Xavier's Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program.


Cost of attendance see graduate tuition & fees

Questions answered contact: Stacia Galey