Occupational Therapy

Announcement: The Occupational Therapy Department at Misericordia University is excited to announce that ACOTE has granted candidacy status for the entry level OTD program.

What does this mean?

  • The first class to enter into the entry level OTD program will be freshman entering during the fall semester of 2019.
  • MUOT faculty are well positioned to offer the entry level doctorate since they have experience teaching in the post professional OTD for 10 years.
  • This is an exciting opportunity as MUOT is one of the first Universities in the area to provide this level of entry level education for occupational therapists.
  • Click here to view the entry level OTD curriculum.
  • Click here to apply now!

The Misericordia University Occupational Therapy department has decided to offer the option to pursue the MSOT OR ELOTD for students entering in the Fall of 2019. The revised MSOT curriculum will be posted soon. Please check back for further updates.Students will not need to make the decision if they want to pursue the MSOT or ELOTD until their Junior year.


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Mission: 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. Our ultimate mission is to help students become competent, responsible and involved professionals within their communities.


NBCOT PASS RATE

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

https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

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%

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
  • Weekend MS program for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy
  • Post Professional OTD 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 Doctoral (ELOTD) Program "The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be 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 individual 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. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.”

    If you have any questions 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.

Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctoral (ELOTD) Program

"The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be 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 individual 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.Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.”


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

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Clinics

Fall Prevention Workshops

January -April 2019

Participants are needed for a research study examining the benefits of a fall prevention program offered by the Misericordia University Department of Occupational Therapy. The program is free and consists of 12 sessions on select Fridays beginning in January for adults age 65 and older at The Hope Center, 205 Main Street, Luzerne.

Eligible participants will learn to identify ways to prevent falls in the home and within the community. They will also be instructed in and complete an individualized exercise program to build strength, balance and confidence. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in vision, balance and blood pressure screenings throughout the program. There will be no compensation provided for participation in this study. As part of the intake process, participants will answer questions regarding medical history as related to falls to ensure optimal safety during the program. Faculty members and senior-level students currently enrolled in occupational therapy are presenting the program.

The program kicks off Friday, January 18, 2019. To register for the program, please contact Kathleen Hughes Butcher, M.S., OTR/L, academic fieldwork coordinator, at (570) 674-8180 or Dana Kinter, M.S., OTR/L, adjunct faculty, at (570) 262-0253. For additional information, please log on to the clinics and centers menu at http://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=880

For more information about the fall prevention program and session dates, please click the link below.

Fall Prevention Program

Handwriting Clinic

The Occupational Therapy Department holds a Handwriting Clinic for preschool students in the Spring Semester. The Handwriting Clinic for preschoolers is an occupational therapy group designed to help preschool aged children improve their handwriting in preparation for kindergarten.During this weekly group, children are engaged in carefully designed play based activities to improve their fine motor and handwriting skills.Dr. Orley Templeton, OTR/L along with Masters degree students from the Occupational Therapy Program facilitate the group.

Sensory Social Summer Camp

The Misericordia University Occupational Therapy Department holds a Sensory Social group for children with Autism. The group is an occupational therapy sensory social group designed for children between 5 and 12 years of age. During the intensive summer camp, children are engaged in carefully designed play-based activities to promote sensory regulation and improve social skills with similar aged peers. Dr. Lori Charney, OTR/L and Dr. Orley Templeton, OTR/L along with Masters degree students from the Occupational Therapy Program facilitate the group. The group is held for 3 weeks in the summer.

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