New England Institute of Technology Announces Its First Graduate Degree Program

WARWICK, RI – Dr. Thomas F. Wylie, Provost and Senior Vice President at New England Institute of Technology, announced that the college will be offering its first Master of Science degree. This Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) is not only the first graduate degree for New England Tech, but it is the only MSOT program in Rhode Island as well as and the only program of its kind in New England. Classes will begin in March, 2010.

MSOT’S Program Director, Nancy Dooley, Ph.D., along with Professor Carol Doehler, Department Chairperson of the college’s Occupational Therapy program, as well as faculty and staff, has designed a unique program which will serve as a bridge for certified occupational therapy assistants (OTA) to acquire the necessary skills for the next level of responsibility as registered occupational therapists (OTR). New England Tech’s MSOT program is unlike other programs because students will be allowed to earn their Bachelor of Science degree credits while earning credits towards their Master of Science degree. The NEIT MS degree is a “bridge program” connecting graduates from accredited OTA programs to the new MSOT program. In other MSOT programs, students must first earn their Bachelor of Science degree and then reapply to a Master’s level program which may take longer to complete.

The MSOT program will be offered in a weekend format requiring students to be on campus five weekends in each ten week academic quarter. Each quarter will offer an online course as well. Those students following the MSOT program as outlined will complete their Master’s degree in ten academic quarters. After completion of all classroom training and several levels of fieldwork, students will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapist Registered. Dr. Dooley states, “We are thrilled to be able to offer this program at New England Tech in a format which accommodates working certified occupational therapy assistants. We are filling a need for certified occupational therapy assistants to maintain their jobs while earning their Master’s degree in a timely and efficient manner.”

As an OTR, graduates may work in a wide variety of settings in the areas of physical disabilities, pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health and wellness programs assisting people of all ages with varying abilities or handicaps to become independent in their daily activities. OTR’s often supervise OTA’s and other personnel, establish appropriate intervention plans for patients and act as part of a rehabilitation team to assure that the occupational therapy treatment plan meets the legal, ethical and fiscal requirements of medical and community-based facilities.

As Dr. Wylie states, “This is a milestone event for New England Tech as we begin to enroll students in our first graduate program. By offering the first Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in Rhode Island, area OTA’S will not have to travel great distances to accomplish their academic goals as they have done in the past.”

Individuals interested in learning more about this Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program may contact New England Institute of Technology’s Office of Admissions at 1-800-736-7744, Ext. 3357 or 401-739-5000. You may also visit

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,300 students in over 30 Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.