Sacred Heart University

College of Health Professions

Master of Science: Occupational Therapy


Office of Graduate Admissions

5151 Park Ave

Fairfield, CT 06825

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science: Occupational Therapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut, offers an entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy designed for persons with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy.  This 2-year, full time program prepares students to master entry-level clinical practice skills and develop beginning level skills in leadership and research in occupational therapy (OT).

What is Unique about Sacred Heart University's Occupational Therapy Program?
The graduate program in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University is extremely innovative in its curriculum design, in its approach to learning, and in its responsiveness to societal and demographic trends as well as to the changes in the profession's clinical practice arenas.

The curriculum utilizes a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach. PBL incorporates small group tutorials led by expert faculty members or clinical practitioners, designed to bridge course content with practice by having students actively engage in the clinical reasoning process through case studies.
Students solve clinical problems through self-directed and peer group study, evidence-based research and discussion in order to integrate a theoretical and foundational knowledge base into the application of occupational therapy assessment and intervention strategies and skills.
Students actively engage in and develop the clinical reasoning skills requisite to team collaboration, leadership and evidenced-based practice.


The program is accredited through 2023/2024 under the “Standards for an Accredited Educational Therapy Program for the Occupational Therapist - 2011” by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 80

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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