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Occupational Therapy

  • Accelerated
  • Master of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

    THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 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 ITS WEB ADDRESS IS WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG

    Program Offerings

    Gannon University's entry-level Occupational Therapy Program offers the following options for master's level entry into the profession:

    • a five-year combined bachelor's/master's with acceptance and entry in traditional freshman, sophomore, and junior year
    • a post-baccalaureate sequence of three academic years including six months full-time field work for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree
    • a three or four year program of study which allows OT assistants to become Registered Occupational Therapists (OTRs) 

    On April 4, 2019, the AOTA Representative Assembly voted to support dual entry-level degrees for Occupational Therapists (master's or doctoral).  This decision allows our master's program to continue to offer an efficient 5-year path into the occupational therapy profession for undergraduate students; pos-baccalaureate and OTA students can complete the program in 3 years.

  • Program Overview

    Occupational Therapy is a profession that works with a variety of individuals with disabilities in all stages of the human life cycle.  Occupational therapists develop, teach and evaluate specific rehabilitation programs for each individual in an effort to help clients achieving health, well-being, and participation in meaningful activities.  Occupational therapists work in all areas of health care, including hospitals, private practice, schools, long term care, mental health and community programs, home health care, business and industry, and consulting. 

    Opportunities for advancement are great, and after working only a short time, Occupational Therapy graduates may advance to become supervisors, clinical educators, case managers and ADA consultants.  A master's degree is required in order to be eligible to take the national certification exam. The Federal Department of Labor outlook for Occupational Therapy is for it to grow "much faster than average" - that is, growing by more than 27% over the next 10 years. Many of our graduates have jobs prior to graduation and frequently select from multiple employment offers. The U.S. News and World Report (2016) identifies Occupational Therapy as one of "the best health careers" (#17/100) which should have strong growth over the next decade. 

    What Makes Us Different

    • Gannon University is one of the few Occupational Therapy programs that offer select students opportunities for graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, as well as departmental scholarships for the last year of the program.
    • Students in Gannon's Occupational Therapy program will integrate research and active learning experiences in the classroom and community.

    Occupational Therapy Tuition for 3 year program (Based on AY 22-23)*

      Graduate Tuition Program Fees Books** University Fees/Loan Fees  
    Summer Year 1 $1,305/credit x 7 credits = $9,135 $46  $300 $280/$0 $9,761
    Year 1 $1,305/credit x 28 credits = $36,540 $128 $500 $400/$0 $37,568
    Year 2 $1305/credit x 31 credits = $40,455 $187 $500 $400/$0 $41,542
    Year 3 $1,305/credit x 31 credits = $40,455 $355 $100 $400/$0 $41,310
    TOTAL         $130,181

    *tuition and fees are subject to change
    **The Gannon Library has a copy of every OT textbook for students to use at no cost while in the library.
    ***Gannon University does not charge additional loan fees however loan originators may assess a % fee to borrowers.
    For more information on tuition and fees please visit the tuition web page.

    Program Options

    • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Student Retention, Graduation, and Pass Rate

    Year Student Enrolled/Graduated* Graduation Rate NBCOT Pass Rate
    2019 40/36 90%  100%
    2020 53/51 96%  100%
    2021 49/48 98%  98%
    2022 57/56 98% TBD
    TOTAL 199/191  96%

    *This number includes students beginning the intermediate phase of the OT program (year 3)

    NBCOT is responsible for the initial certification of occupational therapy practitioners. Graduates of accredited occupational therapy programs (including Gannon’s) are eligible to take the NBCOT Exam. Information concerning the pass rates for the NBCOT Exam by Gannon graduates may be obtained directly from NBCOT at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

  • 100% Pass-Rate

    100% of our 2018 OT graduates and 100% of our 2019 graduates passed their NBCOT exam.