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Occupational Therapy Graduate Degree Program

Expand your career potential. Achieve your Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) or Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (PP-OTD) at New England Tech and join a bustling career field.

New England Tech’s MSOT is an innovative, hybrid curriculum that prepares students for certification as registered occupational therapists. Offered in a hybrid manner, students alternate between weekend classes and online learning. The program’s flexibility ensures that students can continue to work or raise their families while preparing for a professional career.

New England Tech’s PP-OTD offers certified occupational therapists the opportunity to expand their academic and clinical experience and become advanced practitioners. This flexible program can be completed online in as little as 12 months (for full-time students) and doesn’t include a residency requirement, making it manageable for working practitioners to complete. Applicants should have their master’s degree in occupational therapy and earned certification status by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). 


Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at New England Tech allows certified occupational therapy assistants to expand on their academic and clinical experience to become leaders in their profession. This program is designed to be a bridge for professionals to move to the next level of responsibility as registered occupational therapists. The program is offered in a weekend format that requires students to be on campus five (5) weekends in each ten-week academic term and to participate online during alternate weeks. A student following the MSOT program as outlined may complete the program in ten (10) terms. Registered occupational therapists (OTRs) assist people of all ages, with varying abilities or handicaps, to become independent in their day-to-day activities. Because every client has a unique set of circumstances, OTRs evaluate, develop, and help carry out an individual treatment plan for each one.

As an OTR, graduates can work in traditional medical environments or in any setting where people need to learn new ways to live satisfying and productive lives. In the field, OTRs often supervise occupational therapy assistants and other personnel. Students learn to use a variety of assessment techniques to identify a client’s functional problems as well as their underlying physical, mental, and psychosocial problem areas. The OTR takes the lead in using pertinent personal information as well as theoretical and scientific evidence to establish appropriate intervention plans for individual clients or groups. The OTR acts as part of the rehabilitation team, participating in various interdisciplinary meetings and assuring that all occupational therapy intervention meets the legal, ethical, and fiscal requirements that apply to various medical and community-based settings.

After completion of all classroom training on campus and Level I Fieldwork off campus, students enter the community for Level II Fieldwork. Two full-time twelve-week Level II Fieldwork experiences give students many opportunities to apply classroom training in real life situations. Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, students will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists. Those who complete the program and pass the exam are awarded the title of Occupational Therapist Registered. Employment is available in a wide variety of settings in the areas of physical disabilities, pediatrics, and geriatrics, as well as in mental health and wellness programs.

The total number of graduates from the NEIT MSOT program during the 3-year period of 2016-2018 was 88, with an overall graduation rate of 90%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 30/28 93%
2017 27/26 96%
2018 31/25 81%
Total 88 90%


The entry-level occupational therapy master’s 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 the website is 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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

To access NBCOT examination data, please use this link provided:

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.


Master of Science Degree

Program Mission Goals and Outcomes

Mission and Outcomes of the Occupational Therapy Program

The mission of the NEIT Occupational Therapy (OT) Program is to provide a specialized Master’s degree program to prepare Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants to become occupational therapists who are leaders in critical thinking and problem solving for service management in health care and community programs. As occupational therapists, graduates will take on various leadership roles in the healthcare field. Through a combination of classroom, laboratory and fieldwork experiences students build on their professional knowledge and experience to provide occupational therapy services to individuals and populations who strive to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Student Outcomes

By the end of the occupational therapy program, students will become dynamic, well-rounded professional level practitioners prepared for contemporary practice as evidence by the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate a depth and breadth of understanding of foundational and OT theoretical knowledge and its practical application for all aspects of service management.
  2. Apply advanced knowledge and skills to OT assessment, outcome prediction, and planning of service delivery.
  3. Integrate information and experiences to detect and solve problems, and think logically, flexibly, and critically about client and managerial questions.
  4. Demonstrate mastery of the human dimension by contributing to and leading in a rapidly changing society with respect to advances in technology, and changes in legislation, reimbursement, health care delivery and social contexts.
  5. Continuously value and take responsibility for professional development and life-long learning and encourage these qualities in others.
  6. Care for society and their profession by consistently demonstrating the highest level of ethics and standards of practice for occupational therapy.

Master of Science Degree

  • OT 310 Service Delivery Models in Occupational Therapy
  • OT 320 Theoretical and Clinical Reasoning in OT
  • OT 325 Kinesiology
  • OT 410 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
  • OT 530 Service Management in Mental Health
  • OT 536 Level I A Fieldwork
  • OT 540 Service Management in Pediatrics
  • OT 546 Level I B Fieldwork
  • OT 548 Research Design
  • OT 550 Service Management for Adult Rehabilitation
  • OT 552 Leadership and Advocacy
  • OT 556 Level I C Fieldwork
  • OT 560 Service Management in Geriatrics
  • OT 575 Wellness, Participation and Practicum in Population-Based OT Services
  • OT 670 Practice Issues for the Occupational Therapist Seminar
  • OT 673 Capstone Project
  • OT 688 Level II A Fieldwork full time (12 weeks)
  • OT 698 Level IIB Fieldwork full time (12 weeks)
  • BIO 440 Functional Neuroscience
  • EN 331 Research Writing in the Social Sciences
  • EN 422 Writing in the Health Sciences
  • PS 410 Applied Research Statistics