About the Program

OT Rated Top Career

Business Insider names Occupational Therapy as number 11 of the most meaningful jobs in America in 2015

US News & World Report rates Occupational Therapy as No. 17 on the Best Health Care Jobs list in 2016

Forbes Magazine rates Occupational Therapy as the fifth most recession-proof job

Money Magazine identifies Occupational Therapy as number 14 of the 50 Best Jobs in America, and among the top 10 least stressful jobs

Employment in Occupational Therapy is expected to increase 29% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor)

Yahoo Finance names Occupational Therapy as in the top 10 careers boosted by health care reform (Finance.Yahoo)

The PhilaU OT Program

PhilaU’s OT program is delivered in a blended learning model, where students attend on-campus classroom sessions 8 weekends/ semester, typically every other weekend (Friday/Saturday). The remaining educational dialogue occurs online through distance learning technologies. The knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that students acquire from classroom and applied experiences enables them to work as OT professionals in all settings, from early intervention and school classrooms to community agencies and medical facilities. In these various settings therapy can involve everything from restoring, maintaining or developing abilities to adapting the environment to support individuals to live independently and achieve quality of life.  

Certification Exam Pass Rate

100% of PhilaU OT graduates passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam in 2016. Program results from NBCOT can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Two Levels of OT Clinicians

Occupational therapists are educated at the master’s level and have greater responsibility for directing the occupational therapy process. PhilaU has two pathways to become an occupational therapist:

Occupational therapy assistants are educated at the associate degree level and work under the supervision of occupational therapists.  PhilaU’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies Program is delivered through the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies, click here for information about the OTA program

Occupational therapists help people of all ages to improve their functional independence after illness, injury, or delays in growth and development. The profession of Occupational Therapy (OT) is grounded in the fields of science and psychology. At PhilaU we believe that occupational therapists use their expertise and knowledge, combined with creativity, compassion, and coaching, to help people live their lives to the fullest.  Our students are passionate about the profession and committed to making a positive impact on the people with whom they work. 

PhilaU’s program has a clear emphasis on real-world interdisciplinary collaboration. Our OT students gain hands-on experience working with other students from a variety of disciplines to provide services to real people in need.  This distinctive PhilaU model of learning, called Nexus Learning, affords OT students with a unique perspective on the diverse delivery of occupational therapy services.

Program Accreditation

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Philadelphia University is accredited 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 301-652-2682. Web address is www.acoteonline.org

The M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program has been continuously accredited by ACOTE since 2000. The PhilaU OT Program was reaccredited for 10 years in 2008. The next reaccreditation self study and site visit is anticipated to occur in the 2017-18 academic year.