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. 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 master-degree-level Occupational Therapy Program (program is transitioning out with Accreditation Status) and doctoral-degree-level Occupational Therapy Program (program is transitioning in with Candidacy Status). 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 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 Master of Occupational Therapy program has Accreditation Status through 2024-2025 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 Occupational Therapy Doctorate program was granted Candidacy Status by ACOTE in December 2019.


Cost of attendance see graduate tuition & fees

Questions answered contact: Stacia Galey