Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Schools
Students interested in studying occupational therapy in the Cincinnati area have two schools from which to choose, both within five miles of the city center. This article looks at these institutions and the occupational therapy-related degree programs they offer. There is also a table of facts about each school, including school type, costs, enrollment and the percentage of students who graduate on time.
- Xavier University is three miles from the heart of downtown Cincinnati and offers a combined bachelor's/master's degree in occupational therapy.
- Students who want to work as occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) can enroll in the associate's degree program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, around five miles from downtown Cincinnati.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents information about each of these two schools that could help individuals who are evaluating their options.
|Xavier University||Cincinnati State Technical and Community College|
|School Type*||Four-year, private, not-for-profit||Two-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||6,786||8,807|
|Campus Setting*||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $37,230 (undergraduate)
| $3,825 for in-state
$7,393 for out-of-state residents (undergraduate)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||99%||71%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||74%||N/A - Open admissions policy|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*|| 84% for full-time
25% for part-time students
| 47% for full-time students
42% for part-time students
|Graduation Rate*||69% (For those who began their studies in Fall 2011)||15% (For those who began their studies in Fall 2014)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.
Xavier University was established in 1831 and is a Jesuit Catholic institution that is comprised of three colleges and serves nearly 7,000 students annually. The sixth-oldest Catholic university in the U.S., Xavier offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs including a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT). Housed in the College of Social Sciences, Health & Education, the Department of Occupational Therapy offers students access to nine occupational therapy professors, according to the school website in 2018. The school offers a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) to MOT degree program.
Bachelor of Liberal Arts to Master of Occupational Therapy
The BLA to MOT is a five-and-a-half-year program that requires students to complete 169 credits and two, three-month fieldwork experiences. Students will earn a BLA with a human occupation studies (HOCS) concentration, and begin graduate work in the fourth year. The coursework will include general education courses, classes within the concentrations and a handful of human occupation studies courses in preparation for the MOT classes. Coursework within the MOT program includes creative and systematic inquiry, tools and technology for OT, professional issues and technology for life participation. All fifth-year coursework students will participate in two fieldwork experiences totaling six months.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Established in 1969, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is a two-year institution that serves more than 8,000 students annually through over 100 associate degree and certificate programs. The school is comprised of five divisions and offers an occupational therapy assistant associate degree through the Health and Public Safety Division. The OTA program will provide students with the training and knowledge to gain entry-level employment and pass the national licensure examination.
Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology
Cincinnati State's OTA program consists of 62 credits and can be completed in just six semesters. The program integrates lectures and fieldwork experiences to give students a solid foundation and understanding of occupational therapy. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to sit for the national licensure exam and will be prepared for a variety of employment opportunities. Coursework includes professionalism in occupational therapy, theory of occupational therapy, occupational therapy techniques, anatomy and physiology, therapeutic media analysis and kinesiology for occupational therapy. Additionally, students will participate in several supervised fieldwork experiences at a variety of sites, including pediatric and psychosocial settings.