Occupational Therapy

Optimize independence, one task at a time.


When every day means everything.

As an occupational therapist, you’re the one that helps patients regain independence by helping them perform the everyday activities that are most meaningful to them. You may teach a patient who has suffered a stroke learn a new way to get dressed in the morning. An individual with cerebral palsy how to navigate the school hallways with new leg braces. Or teach a child with autism new strategies to increase participation in social activities in the classroom or at home. All to help them attain a better quality of life, every day.

Become a highly skilled occupational therapist.

Working with the latest technology and adaptive equipment in our renowned clinic, you’ll learn to how to build or restore patients’ abilities to perform the daily tasks of life. You’ll work one-on-one with patients to evaluate, treat and educate them to optimize their independence. And you’ll graduate as a health professional fully prepared to diagnose and treat the wide variety of physical conditions encountered in today’s intense clinical settings.

Immersive Clinical Education

Featuring advanced equipment and a variety of clinical technologies, our on-campus clinics allow students to treat members of the community.

Modern Facilities

Our on-campus clinical technology includes a Sensory Integration Pediatric Lab, Adult Functional Simulation Training Apartment Lab, and more.

Fieldwork Rotations

Students apply the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors learned in the classroom to fieldwork placements in hospitals, clinics, schools, and community-based settings.

Combined Baccalaureate/Graduate Program

Three exciting pathway options allows highly motivated students to earn a combined Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in five years.

Accelerated Programs

The BS/MS pathways in occupational therapy at MCPHS offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years instead of the traditional six.

Master’s Degree

A Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is the degree required to be eligible for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam to begin your career as an occupational therapist.

A field of growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for occupational therapists is expected to grow at a much faster rate than many other occupations, with a potential 27% increase in jobs needed by 2024. This growth is partly driven by aging baby boomers, who strive to maintain their independence and physical health.

Well-prepared

With innovative training and immersive clinical opportunities, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter and advance in the field of occupational therapy. Clinical education experiences are varied so that students are prepared as leaders in the field. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, small medical offices and clients’ homes, as well as policy and administration, research and academia.

Well-paid

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for occupational therapists was $78,810 in May 2015, with the highest 10 percent earning $112,950.

Job satisfaction

Occupational Therapists rank #17 in the U.S. News’ list of the Best Health Care Jobs of 2016 and #23 in U.S. News’ list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2016. Jobs are ranked according to their ability to offer an elusive mix of factors, including salary, the number of expected openings, advancement opportunities and career fulfillment.

The MCPHS University Department of Occupational Therapy prepares entry-level students for successful careers in occupational therapy. Through excellence in teaching, scholarship, professional service, and community engagement, the School creates learning and practice opportunities that equip occupational therapy students to practice in a wide range of contexts and who are able to respond to society’s ever-changing health and wellness needs.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at MCPHS has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org

Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates 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). Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

This program is approved by the Division of Higher Education-Higher Education Commission, Department of Education State of New Hampshire.

 

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