Master of Science (MS) in

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are health professionals who are licensed to provide services to treat clients with mental, physical, emotional or developmental issues or disabilities and to promote health through the use of everyday activities. Occupational therapists work to develop, recover, improve and enhance the skills needed for participation in daily living in individuals across the lifespan. They work in a variety of settings, ranging from schools and pediatric hospitals, to locations such as the homes of individual clients, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, businesses, and nursing homes.

The 68 credit Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York is designed to prepare graduates to become registered and licensed occupational therapist practitioners. The graduate-level curriculum of 68 credits is divided into six semesters, including a summer semester, of didactic instruction plus six months of Level II fieldwork placements which must be completed within 18 months following completion of the didactic instruction. The full-time, on-campus program is offered weekdays and evenings, providing a sequential curriculum that integrates laboratory experiences with classroom instruction.

The mission of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Hofstra University is to facilitate the development of effective, compassionate, evidence-based practitioners with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and competencies needed to be lifelong learners with the ability to meet professional standards and societal occupational needs.

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The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

About the Program

Career Potential

Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings with individuals across the lifespan. The employment outlook will continue to see a demand of occupational therapists and will increase faster than average according to the US Department of Labor.

Occupational therapy continues to be included on lists of top and recession proof jobs as indicated on US News and World Report.

Significant Career Growth and Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job prospects for Occupational Therapists are favorable. The BLS estimates a 24% increase in employment for Occupational Therapists from 2016-2026 – much faster than the national average. Notably, the BLS states that "Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb."

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Certification and Licensure

Following completion of the academic phase of the program, students are required to complete two Level II fieldwork placements within 18 months of the didactic portion of the program. 

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

*Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Contact Us

Gioia Ciani, OTD, OTR/L
Program Director and Assistant Professor
Phone: 516-463-5817

Faculty and Staff