Occupational Therapy

Helping people rebuild their life.

If you have a passion for helping people restore dignity and rebuild their lives, then a career in Occupational Therapy (OT) may be for you. Maria’s Occupational Therapy pathway is based on the altruistic and compassionate values shared by the OT profession and the College’s founders, the Sisters of Mercy—both acknowledging the value of human differences and individuality. Welcoming students from across the Capital Region and beyond, we offer occupational therapy programs for students at every stage of their academic journey. Learn more about our associate’s in OTA, bachelor’s in Health & Occupational Sciences and our master’s programs in Occupational Therapy by exploring the links below.

Occupational Therapy MSOT

Take your bachelor’s degree to the next level for a satisfying career helping others while using your individual passion.
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Health & Occupational Sciences BS

A strong science and health foundation for students on a path to a graduate degree
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Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

Nationally ranked program that will prepare you for a rewarding career in a high-growth field
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A profession geared towards diversity.

Occupational Therapy is a growing profession, serving people of all ages and backgrounds. Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants work in schools, hospitals, skilled nursing, other rehab settings in the community. During the fieldwork rotations, you will have the chance to explore your personal area of interest.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, we encourage you to apply directly to the Occupational Therapy, MSOT program. Completing your OTA is not a requirement of entering the Master’s program. If you’re just starting your journey, Maria College has a wonderful, three program pathway you should consider—Occupational Therapy Assistant, AAS (first 2 years), Health & Occupational Sciences, BS (+2 years to complete bachelor’s degree), Occupational Therapy, MSOT (+2 years to complete Master’s degree).

Growth opportunities. A bright future.

Whether your studies are in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, Health and Occupational Sciences program, or Occupational Therapy program, your career outlook is strong. You’ll be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. Consistently ranked among the best top jobs in the health care field, Occupational Therapy is a wonderful career to consider. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the next 10 years, there is an estimated 16% job growth in the Occupational Therapy field and an estimated 32% job growth for Occupational Therapy Assistants.

A small school environment has a big impact.

When you choose Maria College, you will find that the knowledge and experience of our occupational therapy is second to none. All of Maria’s core MSOT faculty have their doctorate degree. Many of our professors are professionals working in the field who are able to bring their real-world experience into the classroom. They are also very compassionate individuals who care about the success of each student. With a 12:1 faculty to student ratio, you’ll have time to ask your questions in class and truly connect with your professors and peers. Should you have any questions our concerns, the staff in our Frank E. O’Brien, Jr. Student Support Suite are available to help you at every step of your academic journey. For more information on how our dedicated and friendly staff can help you achieve your goals, check out our Student Support services.