Graduate Program (MS)

Occupational Therapy

Improve people's lives by using occupation, or meaningful activity, to address physical, emotional or educational needs, whether it's a child born with physical disabilities or office workers seeking relief from repetitive stress injuries. As an Occupational Therapy student, you'll graduate with an entry level Master's and/or doctoral degree, ready to make a difference in the lives of others - guaranteed.

Admission

As of Fall 2018, we are no longer accepting applications for the Pre-MOT to MOT Program. See proposed Entry Level OTD information.

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 & Fieldwork that details the performance abilities and characteristics necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the MOT program.

Masters Degree Admission

Students may apply online or contact the Office of Graduate Admission.

Information Sessions

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Program Admission

For those entering Fall 2020, the program will remain entry-level, however, the direct-admit option will be replaced by a OTD graduate admission process. Due to this, beginning Fall 2018, the admission criteria and program entry process will change.  As undergraduate students prepare to apply to the OTD program, any undergraduate degree can be earned given the pre-requisites are successfully completed. See proposed Admission Requirements that includes a list of pre-requisite courses for application in Fall 2019 with an anticipated program start of Fall 2020.

  • Are you an undergraduate student at Xavier?
    • Starting in Fall 2019 you can apply for the first OTD class which will begin in Fall 2020.
    • As a Xavier undergraduate student, you will be considered for Early Admission which is contingent upon meeting the Early Assurance Program criteria.
    • In order to be considered for Preferred Admission, it is recommended that you are encouraged to apply during your sophomore year by the Priority Deadline of Oct 1. Missing this deadline does not exclude you from the application process.
  • Are you an undergraduate student at another university or do you already have earned bachelor's degree?
    • Starting in Fall 2019 you can apply for the first OTD class which will begin in Fall 2020. It is recommended that you apply in your sophomore year or by the deadlines listed below as appropriate.
  • Deadlines - Priority Deadline of Oct 1, (if space permits then the deadline will be extended to Dec 1 and then if necessary again to Feb 1).

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Curriculum

First Year

First Semester Sem. Hrs.
BIOLOGY 140
Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOLOGY 141
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
1
ENGLISH 101
English Composition
3
Foreign Language I 3
PSYCHOLOGY 101
General Psychology
3
First Year Seminar 3
First Year Passport 0
Second Semester Sem. Hrs.
BIOLOGY 142
Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOLOGY 143
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 
1
Historical Perspectives 3
Foreign Language II 3
ENGLISH 115
Rhetoric
3
THEOLOGY 111
Theological Foundations
3
First Year Passport 0

Sophomore

First Semester Sem. Hrs.
PHILOSOPHY 100
Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
3
PHYSICS 140
Physics Lecture
2
PHYSICS 142
Physics Lab
1
Creative Perspectives  3
Oral Communications Flag 3
General Elective 3
Minor or Second concentration 3
Second Semester Sem. Hrs.
PHILOSOPHY 200
Philosophical Perspective
3
Theology Perspective 3
ENGLISH 205
Lit & Moral Imagination
3
Writing Flag 3
General Elective 3
Minor or Second Concentration 3

 

Junior

First Semester Sem. Hrs.
MATH 156 Statistics for Health Care I 3
Humanities Elective 3
HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 301
Human Occupation Across the Lifespan
3
HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 303
Technology for Life Participation I
2
PSYCHOLOGY 231
Developmental Psychology
3
Minor or Second Concentration 3
Second Semester Sem. Hrs.
MATH 158
Statistics for Health Care II
3
PHILOSOPHY 329
Bioethics
3
HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 323
Occupational Justice I
Foundations
3
HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 401
Transformative Nature of Occupation
3
HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 411
Conditions Influencing Participation
3
Minor or Second Concentration 3

 

Senior (Fall)

First Semester Sem. Hrs.
ATHLETIC TRAINING 386
Kinesiology Lecture
2
ATHLETIC TRAINING 387
Kinesiology Lab
1
BIOLOGY 204
Neuroscience
3
HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 321
Analysis of Occupational Participation
3
HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 403
Creative and Systematic Inquiry I
3
HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 405
Occupational Justice II
 Independent Study

3

Minor or Second Concentration 3
UNDERGRADUATE HOURS FOR BLA COMPLETED

Graduate I (Spring)

First Semester Sem. Hrs.
GRADUATE MOT COURSEWORK BEGINS
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 501
Creative and Systematic Inquiry II
3
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 503
Technology for Life Participation II
2
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 505
Tools and Technology for the OT Process
3
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 507
Professional Issues I
2
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 609
Theoretical Foundations & Clinical Reasoning
3
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 502
Creative and Systematic Inquiry II
1

 

Graduate Year 2

First Semester Sem. Hrs.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 601
Graduate Research Project I
2
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 603
Domains and Process I
6
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 605
Adaptations and Technology I
2
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 607
Level I Fieldwork
1
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 611
Professional Issues II
3
First Semester Sem. Hrs.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 631
Graduate Research Project II
2
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 633
Domains and Process II
6
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 635
Adaptations and Technology II
2
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 637
Level I Fieldwork
1
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 641
Professional Issues III
3

 

Fieldwork

First Semester Sem. Hrs.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 691
Level II Fieldwork (June-September)
3
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 692
Level II Fieldwork (September-December)
3

Sample Courses

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 501: - Creative and Systematic Inquiry II

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 503: - Technology for Life Participation II

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 505: - Tools and Technology for the OT Process

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 507: - Professional Issues I

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 609: - Theoretical Foundations & Clinical Reasoning

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 502: - Creative and Systematic Inquiry II

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MA Occupational Therapy $760
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2018-19 school year, and include classes from Summer 2018 though Spring 2019. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.

After Graduation

100 percent of our occupational therapy students receive job offers before they graduate. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in

schools

schools

hospital

hospitals

nursing home

nursing homes

home health

home health care agency settings

100% of Xavier Occupational Therapy graduates are employed or enrolled in a full-time graduate program within 90 days of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Occupational Therapy graduates are employed or enrolled in a full-time graduate program within 90 days of graduation.

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OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CITY

The best way to learn is through hands-on practice and Cincinnati is the perfect classroom. Develop your professional skills in locations varying from hospitals to outpatient clinics, daycare and mental health facilities.

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OUR LABS AND FACILITIES

At Xavier, you'll have access to a variety of classroom environments to provide you with a well-rounded learning experience. Our clinical and daily living labs allow for patient assessment and our state-of-the-art computer lab features technology for research and intervention.

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INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Occupational Therapy students have the option to complete their service work in Guatemala. This summer program will provide you with international experience and skills to last a lifetime.

Care for the Whole Person

Learn in an environment that emphasizes a holistic approach to healthcare and education. As one of five Jesuit institutions in the nation that offer an entry level graduate occupational therapy program, Xavier's known for teaching students to care for the entire individual - not just the medical diagnosis.

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HOSPITALS WITHIN 10 MILES OF CAMPUS

2 1/2 YEARS

EARN AN ENTRY LEVEL (MOT)

4 1/2 YEARS

EARN AN ENTRY LEVEL (OTD)

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