Department of Occupational Therapy
Welcome to the Department of Occupational Therapy!
Our Commitment to AOTA Vision 2025: Pillar of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
“As an inclusive profession, occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living” (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2017).
As occupational therapists and educators, we understand diversity adds richness to our world and life. We have an obligation to combat injustice and systemic racism, and move concepts like diversity, inclusion, and equity to reality. We do not take this responsibility lightly. We as a department have committed to change the face of our classrooms and profession to a truer representation of global society and clients we serve. As we have progressed toward this goal, we strive to create safe learning environments where all members feel heard and engaged.
We seek to meaningfully engage and push ourselves, our students, and our colleagues to combat inequitable systems and to create justice. As lifelong learners, we understand that we have not always done this well and we need to reflect on how we can better work for justice. We know we can do better, and we vow to work individually and as a department to do so.
As practitioners, educators, and human beings, we will continue our efforts to uphold the AOTA Vision 2025 Pillar of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity by being “intentionally inclusive and equitable and embrace diversity in all its forms” (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2017).
American Occupational Therapy Association. (2017). Vision 2025. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2017, Vol. 71(3), 7103420010p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.713002
Latest News and Announcements for Prospective Students
The information below is a guide for questions that may be asked regarding the academic program due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Please check back frequently as information will be updated frequently.
The observation hours are not required for admission to Kean’s OT programs. It has been suspended for the Summer 2023 admission cycle. Applicants should still explore the profession prior to applying to the OT program to ensure you understand the scope of occupational therapy.
Please submit a document describing how you explored the profession of occupational therapy to ensure a strong career fit. These learning activities may include but are not limited to, observation hours, watching YouTube videos, listening to podcasts, participating in blogs, and speaking with occupational therapy practitioners.
As you explore the profession, ensure that you gain an understanding of various practice settings in which OT's can work, as well as how OT's serve individuals across the lifespan. Given the unforeseen circumstances impacting the settings and clients in which OT's serve, securing observation hours do not provide any advantage to your application at this time.
Kean OTCAS Applications will open on September 1st. Once you have completed the OTCAS application, please be advised that you must also complete the Kean Supplemental Application. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the status of your application, please contact Graduate Admissions at email@example.com or (908) 737-4275. Any additional questions regarding the Kean Occupational Therapy Department, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many universities, including Kean, are switching to a pass/fail option, please be aware that the Occupational Therapy department has changed its policy for the Spring 2020 and subsequent semesters. We will accept Pass/Fail options for the classes taken during this time. We will also be accepting Anatomy and Physiology I & II as an online format for the Spring 2020 to Spring 2022 semesters. Please be sure to check this page frequently for any updates regarding this new policy. In order to view the application requirements for the Kean University Occupational Therapy program please click here.
Graduate Open House:
Please click here for current information regarding our Graduate Open Houses.
Status of Accreditation:
Kean University received the highest accreditation possible for the Master of Occupational Therapy program. The current accreditation will last 10 years and will be due for re-accreditation in 2023.
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Graduates of the program will be eligible 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 exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
*Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Accreditation and Credentials:
The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Correspondence should be directed to: ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. Their phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Website: www.acoteonline.org.
Upon successful completion of academic preparation and level II fieldwork experiences, students are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) exam. Kean has had a 100% pass rate for the past several years. The past year's pass rate on the certification exam is available here. For more information please see www.nbcot.org.
Kean University is renowned for its excellent value, with high-quality education and low tuition rates. Our tuition is among the lowest of New Jersey's fine state colleges and universities.
ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.
Zahava Friedman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jennifer Gardner, Assistant Professor
Laurie Knis, Ph.D., Professor
Amanda Sarafian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Claire Mulry, Assistant Professor
Victor Camacho, Assistant Professor