Become a lifeline for individuals with mental, physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities and help enhance their everyday living. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) program combines traditional study with integrated fieldwork to prepare you to become a registered and licensed occupational therapist. Through this experiential and evidence-based curriculum, you’ll gain the knowledge and competencies necessary to develop, recover, and improve the skills an individual needs in everyday living to function and prosper. With a master’s degree in occupational therapy, you’ll be qualified to work in a variety of settings such as schools, pediatric hospitals, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, and the homes of individual clients.
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Rise in Career Opportunities for Occupational Therapists
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities for occupational therapists are expected to increase by 17%, which is much higher than the national average. Notably, the BLS states "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."
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.
Transform into a skilled and knowledgeable occupational therapist with a licensure-qualifying degree program that has fieldwork built into the curriculum.
Engaging Student Experience
Connect with your classmates and the Hofstra community through on-campus living and student organizations.
Applications must be submitted to the Occupational Therapy program through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) online at otcas.liaisoncas.com by the deadline of February 1 for admission to the class that begins the subsequent September. Applications verified by OTCAS prior to the deadline are given preference, with all others reviewed on a space-available basis. After June 15th, applications for admission to the class beginning in the subsequent September can be submitted through the Hofstra application portal.