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Occupational Therapy (OT)
Our accredited Occupational Therapy (OT) programs give you the necessary knowledge and skills to make an impact in a variety of settings. We offer three occupational therapy programs:
- An accelerated pathway to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT), providing you with a BS in Health Sciences and a DrOT in 6 years.
- A Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all prerequisite courses
- A Post-Baccalaureate Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all prerequisite courses
In each of our programs, you’ll build a strong foundation in the core and social sciences, learn how to work effectively with clients, and examine how disease and disability affect the way people think, feel, and live. Actively apply your skills in both the classroom and the field as you prepare for a rewarding career.
What Sets Us Apart?
- We’re one of only a handful of universities in the country to offer an accelerated
pathway to the clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) for students entering
directly from high school.
- Pass rate on the NBCOT certification exam is exceptional—100% first year pass rate for our
DrOT, 97.8% first year pass rate for MOT since 2014.
- Research projects, as well as your clinical practice, are aligned with your interests.
- Gain hands-on experience working in the field beginning in the first semester of the
- You’ll take six intervention courses rather than the typical two or three offered
by other occupational therapy programs.
- You'll have the opportunity to publish your research, and get involved in grant-funded
projects with noted professors —resulting in collaborations and presentations at local, state, and national and
- We embrace a vision of community service and student leadership. You'll have the opportunity
to engage in international service learning projects with other health care professionals.
- You'll engage in unique inter-professional education experiences, in person and virtually, with both internal and external partners.
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)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
PLEASE NOTE: A felony conviction may delay or prohibit certification through NBCOT and could prevent state licensure. For more information, refer to www.nbcot.org.
For DrOT Alumna, USciences Provided an Accelerated Program and a Fulfilling Campus Experience
December 03, 2019
Pooja Patel DrOT'17 found that USciences offered an accelerated degree program and a well-rounded education.
Alumnae Share 5 Tips for Starting Your Own Clinical Practice
October 21, 2019
Janki Patel MOT'12 and Brittany Smith MOT'12 share their advice for others looking to open an independent clinical practice, just as they did with Jump Ahead Pediatrics.
The Heart of the Matter: Alumnae Strive to Make OT Services Accessible for All Families
October 21, 2019
Offering quality care to their patients isn't enough for BRITTANY SMITH MOT'12 and JANKI PATEL MOT'12. As the founders of Jump Ahead Pediatrics, headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, the alumnae are on a quest to make occupational therapy and speech therapy treatments for children in need more affordable and achievable for families.
OT Student Explores Research Opportunities at Summer Institute
August 12, 2019
Nancy Greene MS'16 (Health Psychology), DrOT'20 participated in the American Occupational Therapy Association's Summer Institute for Future Scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina where she learned about research opportunities and built a network of peers.
USciences Graduate Named Chair of Occupational Therapy Department
July 23, 2019
After a year of serving as interim chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, Wendy Walsh MOT’00, PhD’18 (health policy), MOT, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, has been named permanently to the position.
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