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 is a rewarding and satisfying career that requires a high level of skill and expertise. See the list of Essential Functions for Coursework and Fieldwork that details the performance abilities and characteristics necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the MOT program.

The following applies to the current MOT Program only as the MOT Program is transisting to an entry-level OTD Program (Candidacy Status) beginning Fall 2020.

Masters Degree Admission

Students may applied online or contacted the Office of Graduate Admission.


Human Occupation Studies Concentration (HOCS)

Admission to the HOCS concentration is limited to current Xavier students and is now closed. Registration for the HOCS courses was approved by the Department of Occupational Therapy and was normally determined by the following criteria:

  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for BLA degree or a non-OT Bachelor's degree with a minimum final grade point average as reported on the official transcript of 3.0 (on a 4.0) scale.
  • Completion of all 40 of the 40 HOCS required hours of volunteer/work experience prior to the first day of classes (hours must be documented on approved form as described below).
  • Evidence of meeting with a representative of the occupational therapy department. 
  • Completion of criminal background check by end of first HOCS semester.

Volunteer/Work Experience

Completion of Volunteer/Work Experience was required for the MOT Program and is also now an admission requirement of the OTD Program (Candidacy Status).

Documented exposure to the field of occupational therapy is accomplished through volunteer or paid work experience in an occupational therapy practice setting. Completion of a total of 40 hours at two separate sites with two different populations and two different therapists is required. This is to be accomplished by completion of a minimum of 20 hours at one site with one population and one occupational therapy practitioner, and an additional minimum of 20 hours at a different site with a different population and a different occupational therapy practitioner, for a total of 40 hours. Different population examples include, pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics. Volunteer/work experience must be completed with two of the three populations. Documentation must be on the Volunteer or Work Experience in Occupational Therapy forms. Only two forms will be accepted; additional forms will not be considered. The forms must be completed by a fully credentialed occupational therapy practitioner who supervised the student and must be submitted on the original forms. The occupational therapy practitioner may not be a relative or personal friend. For OTD applicants, upload the form to OTCAS. 

Master in Occupational Therapy Admission

Meeting the following criteria offered annually up to 40 students admission into the MOT program. If more than 40 qualified applicants applied to the MOT Program, applicants were ranked by their end-point undergraduate degree GPA. Students who dropped back a year were permitted into the graduate program only if there were fewer than 40 qualified applicants from the original HOCS-entry cohort class. Qualified applicants not accepted into the program may have applied the following year.

All criteria was submitted to the Office of Graduate Services (513-745-3360; ). Applications were due June 1 following completion of the first year of HOCS courses.

  • Graduate program admission form.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work.
  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for the BLA degree with a minimum final grade point average as reported on the official transcript of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Evidence of successful completion (grade of "C" or higher) or in progress of all prerequisite courses with no more than two "C"s (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Rhetoric, Statistics I and II, Physics, Developmental Psychology, Bioethics, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and all HOCS courses). All pre-requisites must be taken at Xavier University.
  • Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), receiving a minimum average of 33 percent when all three sections are combined (verbal reasoning, quantitative and analytical writing).
  • Personal statement related to the 40 hours of volunteer experience.
  • Personal interview, evaluation and completion of on-site writing sample may be required.

Other Requirements

Upon acceptance into the MOT program, students were required to complete all graduate courses (MOCT courses) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Student membership in The American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA) was also required. The mission of the AOTA "advances the quality, availability, use and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education and research on behalf of its members and the public" (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2000).

Prior to beginning Level I and Level II Fieldwork, students showed evidence of malpractice liability insurance ($2,000,000/$4,000,000). Liability insurance was mandatory, and provided by the University, and the University had negotiated a favorable group rate for occupational therapy students. Students were billed through the University when they registered for courses that included a fieldwork or community experience. All students also had current CPR certification; Tdap immunization; Varicella (Chicken pox) immunization; hepatitis B immunization; measles, mumps and rubella immunizations; an annual two step (or blood) tuberculosis test; annual seasonal influenza immunization; annual history and physical exam; annual Universal Precautions and HIPAA training; and an annual criminal background check in order to participate in all fieldwork experiences. The inability to comply with any of the required immunizations may have restricted or prohibited Level I and/or Level II Fieldwork placements and subsequent program progression. Level II Fieldwork courses must have been completed within 12 months of the academic coursework on campus. Additionally, a drug screen prior to participation in a specific fieldwork site may have been required.

Note: A felony conviction may have affected a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.