Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Department

What We Do:

Occupational therapy is a client-centered profession that promotes health and well-being of clients through personally meaningful occupations.  Students learn the physical, psychological and cognitive foundations of human performance, and gain the skills to help people who have limitations caused by illness, injury, developmental delays or normal aging.

 Our Mission: The Department of Occupational Therapy at The University of Scranton aspires to develop leaders of occupational therapy to meet societal needs.  Aligned with the Catholic and Jesuit traditions of The University of Scranton, future occupational therapists are educated in the liberal arts and practice their profession guided by intellectual, moral, and ethical values embedded in a framework of social justice. Life-long learning and the ongoing pursuit of knowledge and wisdom are fostered through reflection and contemplation in action.

How We Stand Out:

  • Excellent professional program within a Jesuit liberal-arts university
  • State-of-the-art facilities with well-equipped practice labs
  • Extensive research labs
  • Clinical experience embedded in the academic program
  • Strong community partnerships
  • Diverse and dedicated faculty

Programs:

Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy

The 5 ½-year MS degree program accepts students at the freshman level which allows students time for academic preparation, professional socialization, and development of a strong professional identity.  Our graduates are well prepared for any entry-level clinical position.

In addition to the generalist areas of pediatrics, mental health practice, and physical rehabilitation, our students are immersed in specialty areas of hand, low-vision, cognitive rehabilitation, geriatrics and community-based practice.

Clinical fieldwork is embedded within the curriculum enabling students to integrate classroom learning with real world experiences. We have contracts with numerous facilities through the northeast and across the country to allow the best placements for each student’s needs.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Students enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Program have the option of applying for entry into the OTD program at the end of their junior year.  This program is 6 ½-years (6 academic years and two summers).  In addition to a robust clinical education, the OTD program prepares students for leadership positions including program development, research and teaching.

Both the MS and the OTD are entry-level clinical degrees and graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination and for licensing in every state.

Meet Our Faculty:

Carol Coté, Ph. D., OTR/L

Carol Coté, Ph. D., OTR/L

Chair

Department Chair and Program Director, Associate Professor

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

Phone: 570-941-4125
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Michael Bermudez, Ed. D., OTR/L

Michael Bermudez, Ed. D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Santo Tomas
B.S., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
M.A., New Jersey City University
Ed. D. , New Jersey City University

Phone: 570-941-6253
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Karen Brady, D.Ed., OTR/L

Karen Brady, D.Ed., OTR/L

Assistant Professor

B.A., Mansfield University
M.S., Misericordia University
D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University

Phone: 570-941-6565
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Deborah Budash, Ph. D., OTR/L

Deborah Budash, Ph. D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph..D., Northcentral University

Phone: 570-941-6265

Chandra Ann Dombroski, DPT

Chandra Ann Dombroski, DPT

Faculty Specialist

B.S., Misericordia University
M.S., Misericordia University
D.P.T., Misericordia University

Julia Guzman, OTD, OTR/L

Julia Guzman, OTD, OTR/L

Faculty Specialist

B.S., Kean University
M.S., Dominican College
O.T.D., Misericordia University

Phone: 570-941-4616
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Lisa A. Kozden, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, COMT

Lisa A. Kozden, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, COMT

Faculty Specialist

B.A., Muhlenberg College
M.O.T., Nova Southeastern University

William Lambert, MS, OTR/L

William Lambert, MS, OTR/L

Faculty Specialist

B.A., King’s College
B.S., Misericordia University
M.S., The University of Scranton

Phone: 570-941-4125
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Marlene J . Morgan, Ed.D., OTR/L

 Marlene J . Morgan, Ed.D., OTR/L

Associate Professor

B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Texas Woman’s University
Ed.D., Temple University

Phone: 570-941-5879
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Julie Ann Nastasi, ScD, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

Julie Ann Nastasi, ScD, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA

Assistant Professor

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.A., Tufts University
O.T.D., Boston University
Sc.D., Towson University

Phone: 570-941-5857
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Carol Reinson, Ph.D., OTR/L

Carol Reinson, Ph.D., OTR/L

Associate Professor

A.A.S., Herkimer County Community College
B.S., Utica College of Syracuse University
M.S., SUNY @ New Paltz
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Phone: 570-941-6225
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Patricia A. Wisniewski, MS, OTR/L, CPRP

Patricia A. Wisniewski, MS, OTR/L, CPRP

Faculty Specialist

A.S., Penn State University
B.S., Misericordia University
M.S., Misericordia University

Phone: 570-941-4086
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Inside the Classroom:

At Scranton we emphasize active and experiential learning which is facilitated through our many specialized labs including an independent living apartment with Streetscape environments, a sensory-motor play environment, hand therapy lab, low-vision lab and gross anatomy/cadaver lab.

Take a Tour of Our Pediatric Lab

Student Research:

Research and scholarship are emphasized throughout the curriculum and all students are involved in faculty-led research projects.  Topics of research study are as diverse as our faculty, from pediatric assessment to geriatric low-vision. Each year several students along with their faculty mentor present their work at state, national and international conferences.  Some have also been published in professional journals.

Career Outcomes:

Our graduates are employed in hospitals, clinics, schools, camps, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities, home health, community agencies, and private practice.  Employment for occupational therapists is strong and is expanding into new areas of practice. 

Accreditation:

The MS in OT program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  The OTD program is currently under Candidacy status and anticipate full accreditation review by the spring of 2025.

Contact ACOTE at ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. The phone number is 301-652-AOTA (2682), and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates of the program who have completed all academic and fieldwork requirements are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual is an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Candidates will need to provide documentation of all graduation and credentialing requirements, including certification/licensure. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure. Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. 

NBCOT program performance data can be found at https://www.nbcot.org/Educators/Home#SchoolPerformance.

Retention and Certification

Graduation Year

Students Entering/Graduating

Graduation Rate

NBCOT Exam Pass Rate

2019

78/73

94%

99%

2018

60/56

93%

98%

2017

59/53

90%

98%

 

Tuition and Fees

The cost for attending the University of Scranton can be accessed through the links below.  Please note that the MS program is 4 years undergraduate and 1 year graduate, and the OTD program is 4 year undergraduate and 2 years graduate.  Fieldwork credits are during summer/intersession and are not included in a semester’s tuition.

https://www.scranton.edu/bursar/tuition-traditional-undergraduate.shtml

https://www.scranton.edu/bursar/tuition-graduate-students.shtml

Occupational therapy students will have additional costs for fieldwork including background checks, CPR certification, PPD tests and others.  These requirements and costs vary greatly by state and site requirements, but generally range from $850 to $1200 over the course of 5 fieldwork placements.