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Graduate Programs: Occupational therapy

Graduate Programs: Occupational therapy

Master of Occupational Therapy

Are you looking for a rewarding career in a rapidly growing health care field? Occupational therapists serve the public by enabling people of all ages to participate in activities that provide purpose and meaning in their daily lives. Messiah University offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program to prepare you to be a competent, in-demand occupational therapist and a leader in your field.

Messiah’s MOT is a full-time, 80-credit program located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg. It is accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Our MOT program has a no-fee tuition structure and a locked-in tuition rate. The cost per credit is what you pay – there are no additional fees for labs, courses, services or technology, and what you pay per credit during your first semester is what you will pay your last semester.

  • An 80-credit, full-time, ACOTE-accredited program that can be completed in 26 months.
  • A cohort-learning model.
  • A curricular focus on community service and leadership development.
  • A program that incorporates cultural relevancy and global engagement.
  • The academic distinction of a nationally ranked, accredited private Christian university.
  • The opportunity to study at Winding Hill, a 37,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art educational facility.
  • On-site clinic.
  • OT faculty who are Christian educators, OT professionals and experienced educators who will take time to mentor you in your education, faith and career.
  • Networking and partnership opportunities with the local OT community.

The Messiah University 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. Phone: 301-652-AOTA (301-652-2682).

Graduates of Messiah University’s MOT program are 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 graduate 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.

Messiah University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It is the highest accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several other locations internationally.

MOT program graduation rate

Year of Entry

Graduation Year

Students Entered

Program Graduates

Graduation Rate






2020 2022 33 29 88%
2021 2023 32 31* 97%*






*2023 graduation rate and total graduation rate will be updated May 2024 because one student is completing Level II Fieldwork.

Information about our MOT program’s performance in the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam may be accessed and verified at NBCOT.

Mission statement

The Messiah University Master of Occupational Therapy Program advances the profession by developing skilled and compassionate occupational therapy leaders and practitioners who are committed to a life of service and clinical excellence.

Vision statement

Consistent with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Vision 2025, the Messiah University MOT program supports an accessible, collaborative, effective occupational therapy profession that builds leaders who influence change and embrace diversity. The MOT program will cultivate healthy learning environments to prepare future occupational therapy practitioners through community-engaged learning, diverse perspectives and ethical practice.

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