Occupational Therapy student working with children in the OT clinic.

School of Occupational Therapy

Help people build or resume lives that have been impaired because of illness, disability, or injury.

A Rewarding Future in Occupational Therapy

The MCPHS Occupational Therapy program combines the latest knowledge, advanced tools, expert faculty, professional experiences, and an extensive network. Those strategic benefits give our students a competitive edge in a fast-growing field. A small program with individualized attention in a big university dedicated to almost every aspect of healthcare makes for an environment in which students experience both individual mentorship and exposure to the broader healthcare realm.

Restoring Quality of Life

The MCPHS Occupational Therapy program prepares students to help patients build or regain their ability to perform daily life tasks.

Immersive Clinical Education

Under close faculty supervision, MCPHS students assess, treat, and educate patients, families, and caregivers to optimize independence and occupational performance.

Advanced Facilities

MCPHS students have the unique benefit of working with advanced technology at our Sensory Integration Pediatric Lab, Adult Functional Simulation Training Apartment Lab, and other state-of-the-art laboratory spaces.

Fieldwork Rotations

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

Stats & Facts

MCPHS adds up to be a strategic choice for a career in occupational therapy.


Best Healthcare Jobs

Occupational Therapists are ranked #4 best healthcare job in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report


Job Growth

Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 12% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


median salary

The median annual salary for occupational therapists is 93,180, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Awards and Recognition

The MCPHS Manchester Occupational Therapy program has earned recognition as one of the Best Graduate Schools for Occupational Therapy according to U.S. News and World Report, 2024
Graphic of Badge Best Grad Schools, Health, Occupational Therapy, US News and World Report.

News & Features

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Inside the Occupational Therapy Experience

OT students in the Adult Lab.

Industry Leaders with a Passion for Teaching

For MCPHS faculty, cutting-edge scholarship and professional affiliations go hand in hand with instruction and mentoring.

Douglas Simmons

Douglas Simmons

Professor and Program Director - Occupational Therapy

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Heidi Robertson

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

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Olivia Freeman

Olivia Freeman

Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

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Program Outcomes