Occupational Therapy

Accreditation and Graduation

The Department of Occupational Therapy currently offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. The last cohort of MOT students will be accepted into the Program in Spring 2021 with graduation in December, 2022. Transition to an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program (Candidacy Status conferred) will  begin Fall 2020 (link to Admission, OTD). 


The Master of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) through academic year 2021-2022. ACOTE is located at 6166 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, c/o Accreditation Department, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; www.acoteonline.org. AOTA's phone number is (800) SAY-AOTA, www.aota.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Successful completion of this exam (and the meeting of NBCOT application requirements) credentials an individual as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). NBCOT is located at One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. NBCOT's phone number is (301) 990-7979, www.nbcot.org. Most states have specific additional credentialing requirements (e.g., licensure, registration) in order to legally practice in that state. All state credentialing bodies require a passing score on the NBCOT exam. NOTE: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.


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. For NBCOT certification exam pass rates, please click on the following link: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx. Additionally, 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.


The total number of graduates from Xavier University Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2017-2019 was 113, with an overall graduation rate of 94%.

Graduation Year Students Entering Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2017 40 33 83%
2018 41 41 100%
2019 39 39 100%
TOTAL 120 113 94%