Our Program

The curriculum design metaphorically resembles the chambered Nautilus. Beginning on the outer “shell”, students are exposed to the ideas of the person as client, his/her meaningful occupations, and the context in which those occupations occur. Over the semesters, student learn to overlay the curricular threads which include:

  • Leadership and communication
  • Global perspective and knowledge
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Interdisciplinary learning

This process culminates in the development of a graduate who is complex, skilled, and ready for professional practice.

Career Preparation

"From dissecting a cadaver to learning more about the structures of the human body, to the challenging, yet rewarding fieldwork experiences, I believe these experiences set this program apart from other MSOT programs. I can say with full confidence that I am ready to enter the arena of occupational therapy and make a real difference in the world." - John Doughty, '18

Course Sequence
Le Moyne College Occupational Therapy Students

Our 24 month continuous program begins each year in late May/early June with two days of orientation. You'll  then continue with summer, fall, and spring semester didactic courses and Level I fieldwork experiences. 

Your second summer semester is your first Level II fieldwork designed to give you the opportunity to apply the content from those first three semesters. Following the first Level II fieldwork, there is another didactic semester with a Level I fieldwork in the fall. 

Your program closes out with a second Level II fieldwork which finishes up near graduation in May.Click here for a detailed semester by semester list of courses.

Le Moyne College Occupational Therapy Students

Students will have two types of formal fieldwork experiences: Level I and Level II.  

Level I Fieldwork experiences are held in the local area as they are part of the didactic semesters. They provide an exposure to various contexts, familiarize students with a variety of clients and give students the opportunity to demonstrate professional behaviors.  Students build on, and apply core knowledge with each new setting encountered. In line with our developmental curriculum design each student will have a Level I experience with the mental health population, childhood/adolescent population, and with the adult/older adult population. 

Level II Fieldwork experiences are full-time, 12-week supervised clinical experiences in which the emphasis is on the application of the academically acquired body of knowledge. Students are supervised by a licensed or registered occupational therapist. The goal of Level II Fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists.  Le Moyne OT students will participate in two Level II Fieldworks. Our Academic Fieldwork Coordinator strives to place students in their areas of interest while balancing the need to provide students with a variety of learning experiences.  

Level II Fieldwork may require relocation. Relocation means that you may be placed at an agency that is more than 100 miles from your residence. Every attempt is made to accommodate student living arrangements; however availability and need may dictate the Level II selections. Currently, Le Moyne OT has arrangements with a total of over 200 sites which represent almost every state for Level II Fieldwork which include hospitals, outpatient clinics, public schools, preschools, and not-for-profit agencies.  
Le Moyne College Occupational Therapy Students

The philosophy of the Department of Occupational Therapy 

  • Consistent with the Philosophical Base of the American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2006. 
  • Idea that humans are self-directed, adaptive, occupational beings and as such, their development occurs in the context of occupation.
  • Learning occurs as students are immersed in the educational occupations of innovative classroom activities, extracurricular leadership, collaboration with others both inside and outside the profession, and engagement in the research process. 
  • Instructors structure educational occupations in order to help students extend and revise prior knowledge, see new ideas in a coherent relationship to one another, and apply knowledge to concrete problem-solving. 

The goals of the Department of Occupational Therapy 

  • Transform students into emerging professionals that are globally thinking leaders, innovative service-oriented practitioners, and evidence-based interdisciplinary team members.
Student Learning Objectives for the Occupational Therapy Program At Le Moyne College

  1. Apply OT services to individuals, groups, and organizational systems.
  2. Communicate effectively with colleagues and clients to support the outcomes of OT.
  3. Advocate for diversity, dignity and justice through the application of the OT framework.
  4. Appraise the impact of contexts on one's occupational performance.
  5. Apply theory and scholarship to daily practice as an occupational therapist through the selection of relevant evaluation and intervention efforts.
  6. Demonstrate empathetic, ethical and lawful behavior consistent with the scope of OT practice.
  7. Collaborate with stakeholders to develop emerging areas of OT practice.
  8. Reflect on one's own practice and professional growth as an occupational therapist.


Le Moyne College Occupational Therapy Students
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.

SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association) and Service


Le Moyne College’s Department of Occupational Therapy  SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association) regularly conducts service projects, promotes social interactions among students, and raises money for charitable causes. Our SOTA also elects a representative to the AOTA and financially supports that person’s attendance at the annual conference in April. Current service includes volunteering at Casey’s Place (an after school program for children with special needs), and participation in Step Up (a regular exercise class for people who are homeless).

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Want to Apply?

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. Anyone interested in applying to Le Moyne College’s Occupational Therapy program needs to be aware of the following:

  • All applications must be submitted through OTCAS. Go to www.otcas.org to begin the process. Check below under Pre-requisites to Apply for a full list of requirements during the application process.
  • Admission is on a rolling basis through the application deadline of February 15. Applications received by November 15 will receive priority review.
  • Successful applicants will have a two-day orientation near the end of May and classes will start at the end of May/beginning of June.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses by the start of orientation is required. If an applicant has not completed them by the time of their application, a plan for completion by orientation must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.