Occupational Therapy

Accreditation and Graduation

The Department of Occupational Therapy currently offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree and entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree. The last cohort of MOT students was accepted into the Program in Spring 2021 with graduation scheduled for December, 2022. The first cohort of entry-level OTD students was accepted into the Program in Fall 2020 with graduation scheduled for December 2023. The OTD Program will accept students annually for a fall semester start (see Admission Info OTD). 

The MOT Program has Accreditation Status and the OTD Program has Candidacy Status as granted by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA; web address is www.acoteonline.org. For the OTD Program, please read the Prospective Applicant Letter from ACOTE explaining further this process. The Xavier University OTD Program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination. MOT Program graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam upon graduation. The national certification exam is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT 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.

GRADUATION RATES FOR MOT (OTD rates available in 2023)

The total number of graduates from Xavier University Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2019-2021 was 114, with an overall graduation rate of 97%. The graduation rate in 2020 was impacted by the presence of Covid-19 which necessitated a delay in completion of Level II fieldwork for 7 students. Those 7 students graduated in 2021 making the number of students graduating higher than the number entering in 2021 resulting in a net graduation rate percentage over 100.

Graduation Year Students Entering Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2019 39 39 100%
2020 40 32 80%
2021 38 43 113%
TOTAL 117 114 97%