Occupational Therapy

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. 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 and Capstone Education

Fieldwork and capstone education are valuable components of the doctoral-degree-level Occupational Therapy Program. Fieldwork and capstone provide the opportunity to connect the knowledge learned in the classroom to the various practice arenas of occupational therapy.

Student Occupational Therapy Association

This Xavier University on-campus club is open to all students interested in the occupational therapy profession. It provides 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.


Xavier's Occupational Therapy Doctorate program has active Accreditation status through 2029-2030 as granted 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. The Master of Occupational Therapy program has Accreditation status (in-active in process) through 2024-2025.


Questions answered contact: Stacia Galey