Occupational Therapy







The mission of the Occupational Therapy Department at Misericordia University is to provide an educational environment that reflects values and attitudes of justice, mercy, service, hospitality, and dignity in order to promote development of highly skilled professionals who are culturally competent, ethical, innovative, responsible, and involved occupational therapists serving diverse communities. We strive to emphasize quality graduate education through the use of evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning to achieve client-centered outcomes. Our graduates will be prepared as leaders to work interprofessionally and advocate for health maintenance and promotion within changing environments.




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 2019 pass rate for the Misericordia University OT entry level program was 100%.

2018 - pass rate 100%

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
  • Traditional Weekday Entry Level BS in Occupational Science (BS in OS) and MSOT Program for traditional students graduating from high school. Five (5) year program to become an entry level occupational therapist.
  • Non-traditional Weekend Entry Level BS in OS and MSOT Program for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy. Three (3) year program to become an entry level occupational therapist.
  • Traditional Weekday Entry Level BS in OS and Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program for traditional students graduating from high school. 6.33 year program to become and entry level occupational therapist.
  • Post Professional OTD for individuals who are currently practicing as occupational therapists.
  • 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.




Accreditation Status

Entry Level MSOT 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 2020-2030 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 ACOTE - Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200 North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, phone: 301-652-AOTA. www.acoteonline.org.

Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctoral (ELOTD) Program Accreditation Status: 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 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. The program must have a pre-accreditation 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.


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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On Campus Clinics

Fall Prevention Workshops


The Fall Prevention Program provides an evidence-based program that integrates both education and therapeutic exercises for community-dwelling well elderly. This program is available to members of the community who are age 65 and older. The Fall Prevention Program is run by faculty together with Level I Fieldwork OT students.


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.



Lego-Based OT Group


MU OT Program offers a Lego-Based Occupational Therapy Program designed to increase social skills of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The program is designed for children with ASD between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age. It is led by faculty members, along with, Misericordia University graduate OT students.


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