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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Program

Welcome from the Chair

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Master of Science program in occupational therapy at Le Moyne College. I am sure it will be a transformational and self-discovering journey for all of you. Here at Le Moyne College we are thrilled to embrace your career goals, influence your career path, and help you construct your career future.

The website should serve as a resource. You will find information about the mission, philosophy and curriculum design of the programs within the department. In addition, you will find program prerequisites, admission requirements, application procedures and academic-related information. I encourage you to read the information provided to ease the process of your application to our program.

The faculty, staff and I look forward to working with each of you to move you closer to your educational and professional goals. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us if you have questions or concerns.

Best wishes for an excellent semester,

Ivelisse Lazzarini, OTD, OTR/L
Chair and Professor


About the Program 

For more information, please call the Office of Graduate Admission at (315) 445-5444 or email

The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy at Le Moyne College is a professional entry-level degree for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy.

  • The next cohort will begin on June 1, 2016
  • Application deadline - Admission is on a rolling basis
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  • It is a full-time, two-year (24 months), cohort-format program and all courses are sequential. View the OT section of the College catalog.
  • The curriculum is designed to provide an excellent education for students planning for professional roles as occupational practitioners in traditional settings, as well as in areas of newly identified need.
  • The program is designed to education domestic and international professionals who can actively contribute to the profession through service, scholarship and leadership, promoting occupational justice in local and global communities. Our program focuses on the development of an ecologically global forward-thinking attitude and leadership. Our graduates are reflective, compassionate, creative and competent health care professionals with a commitment to life long learning.

Learn about the program of study



The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has granted Pre-Accreditation Status to the Occupational therapy Program at Le Moyne College. The granting of Pre-accreditation Status indicates that on the basis of the paper review of the submitted self-study materials, ACOTE has determined that the program is likely to meet the applicable ACOTE Standards if fully implemented in accordance with its plans. The granting of Pre-accreditation Status is not a guarantee of accreditation status.

The next step in our accreditation process is the Initial On-Site Evaluation, which will take place on Sept. 26 to 28, 2016.

Once the process of accreditation is completed graduates will be eligible to sit for the occupational therapy certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, individual will be become a registered Occupational Therapy (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure or authorization, in addition to passing the NBCOT exam, in order to practice. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure or authorization.

AOTA is 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

For further information, please visit the AOTA website at  


About Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a health and wellness profession that assists people of all ages and abilities in developing the skills they need to participate in everyday life where they live, learn, work and play. Occupational Therapists are found in a wide variety of practice settings some of which include: hospitals and clinics, community health programs, private practice, schools and early childhood education programs, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, assisted and independent living facilities, home health care, and government agencies. A Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Le Moyne College will prepare you to be a generalist in the field of occupational therapy and serve as a strong foundation for your career as an Occupational Therapist.

To learn more about the profession of Occupational Therapy please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association

Watch the AOTA #OTdistinctvalue video here:


Occupational Therapy Program Vision Statement

Within the Jesuit tradition, we envision the Department of Occupational Therapy to be nationally and internationally recognized for scholarship, leadership, teaching, and learning, and the ethical and professional excellence of its graduates and faculty providing evidence-based occupational therapy care and service for individuals and the global society.

Occupational Therapy Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Le Moyne College Department of Occupational Therapy is to educate national and international professionals who can actively contribute to the profession through service, scholarship and leadership, promoting occupational justice in local and global communities. The Le Moyne occupational therapy graduate will be a reflective, compassionate, creative professional, committed to life long learning. As such, the department will value honor diversity, model and foster leadership, and facilitate spiritual, personal, and professional growth.

Centennial Vision of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven and evidence-based profession with globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs.


The philosophy of the Department of Occupational Therapy is consistent with the Philosophical Base of the American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2006. The statement of philosophy of the Occupational Therapy Department emphasizes that:

“It is the philosophy of the Department that humans are self-directed, adaptive, occupational beings. As such, their development (emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and biological) occurs in the context of occupation. Learning comes about through immersed exploration of diverse practice environments, collaboration, service, reflection, and creative thinking. In the view of the Department, teaching is enabling, knowledge is to understand, and learning is the active construction of subject matter. We believe learning is contextual in three ways: new knowledge is acquired by extending and revising prior knowledge; new ideas acquire meaning when they are presented in a coherent relationship to one another; and knowledge becomes usable when it is acquired in situations that entail applications to concrete problem-solving. Thus, the faculty teaches through a variety of approaches intended to actively engage learners, draw upon their power as emerging professionals, and integrate occupational therapy knowledge through discussion, reflection, evaluation and self-directed learning.”