Department of Occupational Therapy
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 review of applications for the 2020 incoming Occupational Therapy students has now been completed. The Kean University Occupational Therapy Department is working on informing all applicants of the status of their applications. We ask that you please remain patient as we work through this process together. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the status of your application, please contact Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 737-4275. Any additional questions regarding the Kean Occupational Therapy Department, please contact us at email@example.com.
As many universities, including Kean, are switching to a pass/fail option, please be aware that the Occupational Therapy department has changed their policy for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 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 and Summer 2020 semesters. This new policy will be re-evaluated at the end of the Summer 2020 semester. 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.
For newly admitted students, please be aware that course registration is currently on hold until all courses are finalized for the Summer II and Fall 2020 semesters. If you are still in need of taking Introduction to Occupational Therapy, the course will be offered online, for the Summer I semester.
Graduate Open House:
Although many activities have been cancelled, Kean University Graduate Open House for June is scheduled at this time. Further updates will be made as we progress through this pandemic together. The link below will lead you to the schedule of the Graduate Open House taking place on Saturday, June 6th, 2020. We ask that you pre-register for the event so the University is aware of how many attendees will be participating. Please click here for current information regarding the Graduate Open House.
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 Occupational Therapy Department is also in the process of being accredited for our Doctoral program. Kean has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. Kean University recently submitted their self-study and is scheduled for an on-site visit in the Fall of 2020. Kean University is one of the first schools in New Jersey to offer a doctorate in Occupational Therapy. If you have any further questions regarding accreditation or the OT program, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program
The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy provides entry-level education in occupational therapy. Students admitted to this 73-credit program will earn a Master of Science in occupational therapy in just 2 ½ full-time years of study. A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree from Kean University or another accredited institution is welcome to apply to the program.
Kean recognizes that students have varied interests, and applicants with various baccalaureate degrees are welcome. Students from diverse educational and experiential backgrounds create our unique program. The application process takes place through the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. Approximately 30 students are admitted into the program each September.
Each student accepted into the program completes five semesters of required academic courses and a minimum of six months of supervised fieldwork in an approved clinical setting. Clinical fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of academic courses. Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be able to identify him or herself as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states, including New Jersey, require licensure in order to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam.*
* Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the certification examination and/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.