Why Study Occupational Therapy

E-town College's Occupational Therapy (OT) program is the second oldest accredited program in Pennsylvania, offers a five-year academic program in occupational therapy, which blends a liberal arts education with professional studies. By completing the program through E-town College, you’ll graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Occupation, and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. At present, the 4+1 program is exclusively available to E-town occupational therapy students, with over 95% of our senior students enrolling in and completing the master’s degree, and 100% passing their certification exams!

Master's Degree: Five Years, One School, Built for Success

Start at Elizabethtown and finish at Elizabethtown. Our distinctive program gives you the opportunity to initiate study immediately, progress in the program without reapplying, and begin your practice with a Master's degree in five years.

A Distinctive, Distinguished Program

Admission to the Occupational Therapy program at Elizabethtown College is selective. Several factors distinguish our program from others:

  • Emphasis placed on liberal arts education—you’ll be educated in the college's core curriculum in various subjects, which integrates and supports learning about occupational therapy.
  • Five-year, entry-level nature of our Master's degree program. Unlike most other schools in which you apply to the OT program in your second or third year of college, with E-town, you apply and are accepted as an OT student for the first year of college with no reapplication for the graduate year.
  • Options for international learning opportunities. You may study abroad during the fall of the junior year, or may participate in other international learning experiences during May terms or other breaks.
With more than 40 years of graduate success, Elizabethtown College's Occupational Therapy program is one of the most established in the nation. graduation cap and books 100% of our students have passed their national certification exams, and are employed soon after the exam.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

faculty experience

Learn from professionals who have worked in a clinic. Our faculty members represent a wealth of specialty clinical practice across all ages – from newborns to the elderly – in various settings such as hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, psychiatric hospitals, schools, homes, community health programs, and international settings. They are experts in research, theory, clinical reasoning and clinical intervention.

Learning to Serve

service learning

Our department is a prime example of the College's mission to "Educate for Service." As a student of occupational therapy, you are preparing for a career of serving others, all while being part of an intimate and caring learning environment. While at E-town, you will find many opportunities for serving others through the OT department but also outside of the classroom through the College’s Center of Community and Civic Engagement.

Life At E-town

Adriana Bertolino

Adriana Bertolino ‘17

Occupational Therapy Major, SOTA member

“Our faculty are incredible. They are amazing. We have such a variety of specialties within our faculty that we really get a broad range of knowledge. There is no other OT program out there that offers this broad spectrum of learning with the 5-year master’s option.”

Life At E-town

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson ‘17

Occupational Therapy

“My study abroad experience to France was my first chance to see a part of the world other than the United States. It taught me that I am capable of overcoming the obstacles life throws at me and that there is wonder in even the smallest things in life no matter where in the world I find myself.”

Life At E-town

Carly Ensor

Carly Ensor ‘17

Occupational Therapy

“Serving as the Vice President of SOTA has allowed me to work one on one with other students to make our time as occupational therapy students at Elizabethtown even more enjoyable by planning and participating in fun and relaxing activities together outside of the classroom.”

Fieldwork with Experiential Learning

In your junior year and beyond, you will average one day a week in an experiential learning setting such as a hospital, clinic or school. You'll spend time in a variety of settings observing clients with sensory, cognitive, psychological and physical difficulties. Additionally, you will complete at least six months of full-time field work experience at one of our many affiliated hospitals and clinics!

Learn more about our Occupational Therapy Admissions process.