Department of Occupational Therapy
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), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. 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.