Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy Programs at Misericordia University are rooted in the Charisms set forth by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy to provide and promote mercy, service, justice, and hospitality.

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Department at Misericordia University is to provide quality education through high academic standards, an emphasis on understanding human occupation, and an emphasis on evidence-based practice; aim to offer outstanding professional preparation through specialty tracks and choices of undergraduate majors and minors directly related to the profession of occupational therapy; and work to serve others through an emphasis on volunteering and service learning experiences. We strive to provide educational opportunities in formats that are accessible to both entry level and post-professional students through our weekday BS, MS, weekend MS, and post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) and Pediatric Certificate programs. Our ultimate mission is to help students become competent, responsible and involved professionals within their communities.


Pass rates are reported for all schools online on a state by state basis. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at


The 2017 pass rate for the Misericordia University OT entry level program was 98%.

2017-pass rate 98%

2016-pass rate 100%

2015- pass rate 100%

2014- pass rate 98%

2013- pass rate 100%

2012- pass rate 97%

2011- pass rate 93%

Click here to learn more about graduation rates as well as the job outlook and current salaries of occupational therapists.

Overview and Highlights
  • Misericordia University Occupational Therapy Department has been providing excellent occupational therapy education for over 30 years
  • Five year entry level BS/MS program for students who are embarking on their college careers
  • Weekend MS program for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy
  • Individuals who are currently practicing occupational therapists have the option to obtain a Doctorate or Pediatric Certificate in occupational therapy
  • Two student organizations, including the Misericordia University Student Occupational Therapy Association and Pi Theta Epsilon, the Occupational Therapy honor society
  • Alumni serve as occupational therapy leaders in clinical practice, research, professional associations, and administration
  • Entry Level Occupational Therapy DoctorateThe Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist will move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027.” (ACOTE Mandate Announcement on AOTA)This means that any student who graduates after July 1, 2027 must have a doctorate in OT in order to sit for the NBCOT credentialing exam to become a licensed clinician. In April 2018, Misericordia University Occupational Therapy (MUOT) department has applied for candidacy status to offer an entry level doctorate. An entry-level occupational therapy doctorate requirement is a significant change in occupational therapy education across the nation. MUOT is particularly well positioned as MUOT department has been offering a post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) for the past 10 years. Please periodically check our website for updates as to our progress in this transition.

If you have any questions or concerns about MU's OT programs please contact Dr. Lori Charney, OT Department Chair, at lcharney@misericordia.edu.

Accreditation Status

Accreditation Status: The Occupational Therapy Department has received full accreditation status for the professional entry-level Master of Science program by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education through the 2010 - 2020 Academic School Year. The occupational therapy program at the university has been fully accredited since 1985, the year of the first graduating class in OT.

The program is accredited by the ACOTE- Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, phone: 301-652-AOTA. www.acoteonline.org.

OT Program Video

OT Program video

Connect with the OT Department Chair

Connect with the OT Department

Lori Charney OTD, OTR/L, Department Chair

(570) 674-3330 lcharney@misericordia.edu

Misericordia OT Department on Facebook


Handwriting Clinic

This spring (January 2018 to April 2018), Misericordia University Occupational Therapy department is offering a handwriting clinic for children between the ages of 4 and 8 years. For more information, please contact Dr. Orley Templeton at (570) 674-8154 to register for your spot. There is a $30 registration fee that will cover the cost of supplies for the program.

Please visit this link for additional information.

Lego-Based Occupational Therapy Program

The Misericordia University Occupational Thearpy department is offering a Lego-Based occupational therapy program designed to increase social skills of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This program is designed for children with ASD between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age. The group will run from January 2018 to April 2018. There is a $50 registration fee to cover the cost of supplies. For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Orley Templeton at (570) 674-8154 or otempleton@misericordia.edu.

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