The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Hofstra University has received seven-year accreditation from the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Accreditation is an important public recognition that Hofstra’s program meets the highest standards of education set by the profession.
“We are extremely proud to have achieved this designation,” said MSOT Program Director and Assistant Professor Gioia Ciani, OTD, OTR/L. “Accreditation is a rigorous process, and receiving accreditation is a significant achievement. This accomplishment reflects Hofstra’s commitment to train and develop effective, compassionate, evidence-based practitioners who meet professional standards as well as the occupational needs of a diverse, global society.”
Launched in 2015, the MSOT program prepares graduates to become registered and licensed health professionals who help clients with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities develop or recover the skills they need to live life fully. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, and in settings such as schools, pediatric hospitals, private residences, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, businesses, and nursing homes.
Occupational therapy is a vital part of treatment for many disabilities and conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, and autism. Responsibilities can include helping children with disabilities engage fully in school, teaching individuals with injuries or the loss of a limb how to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
The curriculum includes interprofessional learning activities and projects with other disciplines in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, such as public health, athletic training, exercise science, speech, and behavioral health. Students will have guided experiences with clients beginning in the first semester of study, and also gain hands-on experience with equipment, evaluation and intervention tools, assistive devices, and technology in a state-of-the-art OT therapy lab.
The 68-credit program is offered on weekdays and evenings, and can be completed in two-and-a-half years of full-time study, which includes several fieldwork experiences.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.