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The faculty and students of Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Occupational Therapy Department thank you for the opportunity to inform you about occupational therapy and how students are prepared with the knowledge, skills and value of lifelong learning to practice occupational therapy in customary and innovative ways within an ever-changing world.

NSU's entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy in Fort Lauderdale is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education(ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE is located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s phone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA. It’s web address is

NSU's Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program is transitioning to a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) program.  The M.O.T. program accepted their last cohort in May 2021 and requested an In-Active Status is ACOTE. The In-Active Status was approved and granted on December 15, 2021. We accepted our first O.T.D. class in summer of 2022, to apply for the O.T.D. program please visit the program website:

Current M.O.T. students may still review relevant information.

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Occupational therapy is a health profession created over 90 years ago to help people of all ages help themselves participate in meaningful activities (occupations), to take care of themselves, be productive, learn, play and interact with others to the best of their abilities. Therefore, the curriculum, classes, labs and internships are based on the belief that doing occupation is how people stay healthy, create their identity, participate in life and feel good about themselves.

When you attend NSU's Occupational Therapy programs, you will gain knowledge to:

  • integrate knowledge from the arts and sciences
  • assess and treat in a way that match a client's needs and goals
  • promote health and well-being by helping people do occupation
  • lead your colleagues and the public to understand how occupation impacts health and
  • interact and participate in experiences consisting of varying degrees of simulation, client interaction, and student-led learning opportunities spanning Mental Health, Adult, and Pediatric practice areas

With this knowledge, graduates from NSU's Occupational Therapy programs become exceptionally keen observers, active listeners, creative strategists, critical thinkers, resourceful leaders and practical educators who help people set and meet goals, overcome challenges and thrive in the face of adversity. Students who enter the MOT program are expected to follow the minimal technical standards described in the "Essential Functions Policy for Admission, Retention, and Graduation".

The faculty and staff at NSU look forward to the opportunity to prepare you for a dynamic, diverse and rewarding career.

The total number of graduates from Nova Southeastern University's Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2020 - 2022 was 147, with an overall graduate rate of 93%.

Graduating Year # Students Entering # Students Graduating Graduation Rate
Class of 2020 52 51* 98%
Class of 2021 53 47 89%
Class of 2022 54 49 91%
Class of 2023 47 N/A N/A

*Class of 2020 delayed graduating by one term due to Covid-19, May 2021.

NBCOT - Test Score Pass Rates Report


Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences

Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) Program

Degree Title



Master of Occupational Therapy



Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement:  Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy program is an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) accredited program of study. Graduation from an ACOTE accredited program is required in order to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination.  At this time, we have determined that the Master of Occupational Therapy program meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.   

It is nonetheless strongly encouraged that students determine any additional requirements for licensure in the state in which they seek to be licensed. Students should refer to their state licensing bodies, for requirements for licensure. For licensing board contact information and approval status, please see NBCOT State Contact List.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Dr. Margo Kreger, at (954) 262-1280 or

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