Occupational Therapy

During this time, it is very important we practice the promotion of physical distancing and rely on the advice of health experts, thus, the Department of Occupational faculty and staff will be working remotely from their homes each business day starting Friday, March 20, 2020 until cleared to return to Xavier. If you need assistance please send an email to forschler@xavier.edu or leave a voice message at 513-745-3150. Alternatively, feel free to reach out directly to any faculty or staff member. We will be checking our voicemail and email regularly. Note: All occupational therapy courses and labs will transition to remote learning beginning March 23 through semester end of May 15.

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 Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 6166 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, c/o Accreditation Department, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, 301-652-AOTA; www.acoteonline.org.

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