OT Clubs and Organizations

The Occupational Therapy Department offers a variety of clubs and organizations that align with Misericordia's four charisms: mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. OT clubs and organizations provide students with professional hands-on learning, community service, and local, regional and international service learning opportunities.

OT International Club

OT International Club

Occupational Therapy International Club (OTI) is "dedicated to increasing knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy in diverse cultures and countries". Its goal is to educate students about occupational therapy both locally and internationally, as well as, participate in service projects.

OTI members donate blankets to children in Jamaica!

OTI members donate blankets to children in Jamaica!

OTI members donate blankets to children in Jamaica

Members of the Occupational Therapy International Club provided weighted blankets to children in Jamaica. The OTI Club members supported OT students and faculty who were attending a service trip to Kingston, Jamaica to assist children in the Mustard Seed Community.

Dr. Ellen McLaughlin is the OTI Club advisor.

MSOTA-Student Occupational Therapy Association


MSOTA, the University award winning organization, stands for the Misericordia Student Occupational Therapy Association! One of the most active and service-oriented clubs on campus, MSOTA has a long list of activities including service projects and fundraising events to benefit local community and non-profit organizations.

In 2015-2016 MSOTA has held service projects and fundraisers to benefit the Special Olympics, Ruth's Place, Relay for Life and the CEO Food Bank among others. For the full club report click the link below.

MSOTA Club Report 2015-2016

Dr. Dawn Evans is the MSOTA club advisor.

David A. Evans Color Run

MSOTA members and Dr. Dawn Evans at the David A. Evans Color run

MSOTA members and Dr. Dawn Evans at the David A. Evans Color run!

MSOTA celebrates Occupational Therapy Month

MSOTA members celebrated OT Month at Misericordia in April 2016

MSOTA members celebrated OT Month at Misericordia in April 2016!

MSOTA OT Month Speaker Night

MSOTA OT Month Speaker Night

Pi Theta Epsilon

Pi Theta Epsilon

Pi Theta Epsilon, meaning advancement in occupational therapy, is Misericordia University's occupational therapy honor society. This honor society is a national organization which recognizes the academic accomplishments of hardworking occupational therapy students. It also promotes research and scholarship among students as a means to advance the field of occupational therapy. Members of MU's Pi Theta Epsilon engage in a number of scholarly, as well as, service-oriented activities.

Misericordia University’s Psi Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon earned the Most Valuable Player Award and placed fourth in the nation as part of the national St. Catherine Challenge that raises money for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s research grants.

Pi Theta officers 2016-2017

Pi Theta officers 2016-2017, from left, Kaitlin Sauder, vice president; Lauren Apgar, treasurer; Dr. Joseph Cipriani, professor, occupational therapy and faulty advisor; Jillian Robinson, president, and Mollie Robinson, secretary.

2018 Inductees-Weekday and Weekend Programs

The Induction Ceremony for Pi Theta Epsilon, the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society, was held on February 3, 2018 in Insalaco Hall. Brianna Bogacki, Andrea Gibson, Jennifer Seiz, and Ian Wallace from the weekend entry level MS OT program were inducted. Inductees from the weekday entry level BS/MS OT program were Cara Brown, Kristen Byrne, Danielle Cawley, Brenna Curran, Charlotte Durr, Madison Eberlin, Emily Gralinski, Julianna Haar, Monica Jarog, Olivia Johnson, Brianna Kominiak, Morgan Wheeler and Theresa Zeares. Thank you to the Honor Society advisor Dr. Joseph Cipriani and OT Administrative Assistant Jolene Miraglia for coordinating this event.

Pi Theta Epsilon Inductees 2018

Pi Theta Epsilon Executive Board officers for 2017-2018:

President: Mariah Bostwick

Vice President: Miranda Amey

Secretary: Molly Noon

Treasurer: Brianna Rowe

Pi Theta Epsilon Executive Board officers for 2016-2017 were:

President: Jillian Eberly

Vice President: Kaitlin Sauder

Secretary: Molly Robinson

Treasurer: Lauren Apgar

Dr. Joseph Cipriani is the Pi Theta Epsilon advisor.

Intercollegiate Speaker Series

Intercollegiate Speaker Series:The Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) chapter

Intercollegiate Speaker Series:The Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) chapter worked with PTE chapters at Temple University, The University of the Sciences, and Salus University to host an occupational therapy guest lecture. Deborah Humpl OTR/L, ATP who is the team leader at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) working on the outpatient and hand transplantation teams at the main CHOP campus was the speaker.The event was hosted at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia on March 19, 2016.

PI Theta Epsilon conducted these additional fund raising and service projects in 2015-2016:

  • Fall Prevention- fall 2015
  • Flea Market- fall 2015
  • AOTA Webinars- fall 2015
  • Polo Sale- fall 2015
  • Decals, Sunglasses, Lanyards- fall 2015
  • St. Catherine's Challenge- fundraiser for AOTF (American Occupational Therapy Foundation)-Nationally ranked 5th out of all the schools that participated!


  • April 16, 2016 Classic Car Show


  • Service Projects-Dallas Elementary "career day"; Music and Memory iPod drive; April 30, 2016 Booth at SGA Carnival

Autism Speaks U

Autism Speaks U is a newly founded club at Misericordia! The club's main objective is to spread awareness, and educate others about autism. Autism Speaks U holds meetings, runs fundraisers, and hosts events around campus in order to meet their objectives of raising awareness and educating others!

Autism Speaks U club

Click on the link below to see Autism Speaks U in action!


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