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Accreditation, Licensure and Outcomes - Occupational Therapy


Both the Master of Occupational Therapy program (MOT) and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

More information can be obtained at:  


c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929


All states in the United States require a license to practice occupational therapy.  Each state also has specific legislation describing the process for obtaining a license to practice and specific licensure application requirements.  The primary criterion for obtaining a license in any state is passing the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination (NBCOT). In order to be eligible to take the certification exam, students must complete MOT or DrOT program requirements and all fieldwork must be satisfied within eighteen months of completion of didactic coursework. For DrOT students, part-time completion of the doctoral capstone experience will be considered under extenuating circumstances only and shall delay graduation.

Please note that a felony conviction may delay or prohibit fieldwork placement, certification through NBCOT, and could prevent state licensure.

USciences’ new graduate performance data on the NBCOT national certification examination starting with the year 2015 is available at

USciences NBCOT first-time pass rate results:

 Year MOT DrOT
2021 95% 100%
2020 100% 92%
2019 100% 100%
2018 98% 100%

Occupational Therapy Graduation Rates

Doctor of Occupational Therapy Graduation Rates

Graduating Year # in cohort # graduated Graduation Rate1
2020 18 16 89%
2019 17 15 88%
2018 17 16 94%
Total 52 47 90.4%

Master of Occupational Therapy Graduation Rates

Graduating Year # in cohort # graduated Graduation Rate1
2020 49 46 94%
2019 36 36 100%
2018 44 41 93%
Total 129 123 95.3%

1 The graduation rates reflect the number of students in the entering cohort who completed their program within 150% of the published length of the program. 

Learning Outcomes

The OT program will improve the quality of healthcare services through the education of knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and service-oriented occupational therapy practitioners who are prepared for leadership in the profession.

Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be able to:

Cultural Competence

  • View clients of occupational therapy services as individuals, groups or populations with unique values, beliefs, and concerns which impact on occupational performance.
  • Provide services / practice in a culturally-sensitive manner.
  • Successfully work in partnership with individuals from diverse cultures.


  • Design innovative occupation-based programs that address the unmet and emerging societal needs.
  • Design innovative population-based programs that reflect unmet and emerging community needs.


  • Design and deliver humanistic, ethical and high quality occupational therapy services to clients and their family/caregivers.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively engage in the supervisory process.
  • Understand and successfully practice in complex environments where occupational therapy services are provided.
  • Advance the knowledge base of occupational therapy through participation in scholarship.
  • Provide service to the community / engage in community-centered practice.  The community includes the university, national, state and local occupational therapy organizations, and other institutions and organizations of interest.


  • Collaborate skillfully with clients, professional and non-professional colleagues, families and community members.  
  • Use written and spoken language to effectively communicate ideas, concerns, goals and plans to clients, families, care providers, colleagues, supervisors and managers.
  • Understand the influence of the social, political and environmental contexts on the client and practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively engage in the supervisory process.

Clinical Reasoning

  • Integrate community, technological and educational resources into intervention and program planning, design, and management
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a reflective practitioner.
  • Recognize the need to pursue continual professional development and display the ability to seek out appropriate resources.

Essential Functions and Technical Standards

Occupational therapy students must consistently demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, the physical, emotional and cognitive essential functions and technical standards that are necessary for successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Programs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Students will be asked to sign and submit to the Department of Occupational Therapy the Essential Functions and Technical Standards at the beginning of the professional years of study.