Occupational Therapy, MS

Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (World Federation of Occupational Therapy, 2012) 

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Students enter the entry-level Occupational Therapy Master’s Degree after successful completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences from the Panuska College of Professional Studies at The University of Scranton.

A minimum, overall, undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required in order to advance from the undergraduate component of the occupational therapy program into graduate study. All OT students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the academic portion of the program. Students will receive the MS in OT degree following completion of all academic and clinical requirements. 


The course work is sequenced in a planned progression in order to build upon and develop knowledge and skills at increasing levels of complexity, competence, and integration. Therefore, all required courses are to be completed in sequence. A minimum, overall GPA of 3.00 must be achieved and maintained for all graduate courses. Required OT Level II Internships are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.

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    Why Choose Scranton?

    Nationally Ranked

    US News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.

    Jesuit Education

    As one of the 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

    Faculty Engagement

    Nearly all of our OT professors hold doctorate degrees and often present at state, national, and international conferences.

    Mission Statement of the Occupational Therapy Department

    The mission of the Occupational Therapy department is to prepare occupational therapists skilled in providing humanistic and holistic services to a diversity of individuals, communities, populations, and organizations. Lifelong learning and the ongoing pursuit of knowledge and wisdom are facilitated through active mentorship, guided reflection and contemplation in action.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Student Research

    Faculty-mentored student research has been published in national peer-reviewed OT journals.

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    Graduate Assistants, who assist faculty in the delivery of course content, receive a stipend as well as tuition scholarships.

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    Service Experiences

    Students put their new knowledge to work at The Leahy Community Health and Family Center for community-based learning.

    Successful Outcomes

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates are employed in hospitals, clinics, schools, rehab and long-term facilities, home health, community agencies, and private practice.


    The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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    Meet the Program Director

    Carol A. Coté, Ph.D, O.T.R./L. photo

    Carol A. Coté, Ph.D, O.T.R./L.

    Chair and Program Director, Occupational Therapy Associate Professor


    B.S., Kean University of New Jersey M.S., Montclair State University Ph.D., Rutgers University


    (570) 941-6632

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