Master of Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

More students are seeking out Occupational Therapy programs every year as the major grows in popularity.

The Occupational Therapy programs at Alvernia University are dedicated to promoting the health, well-being, and quality of life of persons experiencing disability.

MSOT QuoteOur programs provide outstanding preparation for roles in both traditional settings and newly emerging areas of need. The programs’ distinctive evidence-based, occupation-focused, and client’ centered approach combines challenging coursework, diverse clinical placements, and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty who are leaders in their fields.

Our program focus is simple.

To prepare excellent practitioners who are prepared to provide occupation-focused, client-centered, and evidence-based services and are committed to leadership in practice.

Two distinct tracks in Occupational Therapy.

Alvernia University offers two Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree tracks based upon a student's previous coursework.

Work in a variety of occupational therapy fields.

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Practice as an occupational therapist in schools, rehabilitation centers, homes, community agencies, mental health facilities, general hospitals, and private practice
  • Provide consultation to other healthcare professionals, schools, agencies, and businesses
  • Work with the elderly to maintain their independence in the community
  • Teach in occupational therapy professional programs
  • Advocate for at risk populations
  • Provide services for international non-governmental organizations
  • Conduct research

Teaching excellence - a hallmark of the MSOT program.

Alvernia University faculty are actively engaged in research and scholarship to further build and apply the knowledge base of OT. As faculty share their expertise in classes, MSOT students benefit from hearing about cutting edge developments in theory and practice. Innovative clinical learning experiences (Practicum II Fieldwork) are woven through all Alvernia University courses in the educational program.

Up-to-date curriculum.

The occupational therapy program curriculum reflects the commitment of the Alvernia University occupational therapy faculty to high-quality, rigorous, up-to-date preparation for practice. The MSOT curriculum is designed to provide integrated preparation for diverse professional roles as an occupational therapy practitioner in traditional settings as well as in areas of newly identified need. The curriculum follows a development sequence that integrates academic courses and clinical learning experiences (Practicum II Fieldwork) throughout the program.


On November 30, 2012, the program received a 7 year accreditation for an entry-level professional master’s degree

Board Certification

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become board certified by NBCOT. Alvernia boasts a competitive pass rate on this exam. For the most up to date pass rate visit

Contact Information
Neil Penny, Ed.D, M.S., OTR/L
Associate Professor
Chair, Occupational Therapy Department
Occupational Therapy Program Director

   Bernardine Hall 114A

MSOT Cohort

Next cohort starts Fall 2016.
Now accepting applications. Deadline February 15, 2016.

ACOTE accredidation

Accreditation Statement for
Alvernia University's OT Programs

The occupational therapy programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located...

master of science in occupational therapy

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