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Occupational Therapy

Welcome to the Department
of Occupational Therapy

  • Occupational therapy is a creative, challenging, helping  profession. Money Magazine has listed occupational therapy as one of the top 50 best jobs, with a growth potential of nearly 34 percent over the next decade. U.S. News and World Report  listed occupational therapy as one of the top 25 professions for 2012!
  • U.S. News and World Report (2012) ranked University of New England Occupational Therapy Program 36 among 155 other Occupational Therapy schools.

The Occupational Therapy Program at the University of New England provides students with:

  • Approachable faculty members who are recognized as experts in a broad spectrum of occupational therapy specialties.
  • A number of small group courses that encourage individualized learning.
  • Opportunities for interprofessional experiences and collaborative teamwork.
  • Practical examinations that help students gain confidence and skill.
  • Opportunities to engage in scholarship and research with  faculty mentors.
  • Practicum experiences (in both medical and community settings) occur every semester.
  • A community-based  pediatric OT Clinic provides opportunities for hands-on experience.


  • To lead the profession in meeting society's occupational needs by fostering excellence in occupational therapy teaching, scholarship, and service.


  • To develop competent, compassionate occupational therapy practitioners and scholars through a dynamic, student-centered, occupation-based educational program.


Department Curricular Goals (Adopted from ACOTE Standards)

The OT Department’s goal is to develop competent, compassionate practitioners and scholars. 

Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy curriculum, the student will:

1. Foundations in Occupation

  • Have acquired, as a prerequisite, a breadth and depth of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Have an understanding, awareness, and appreciation of social, global and cultural  issues.
  • Be prepared as a generalist with a broad exposure to models and systems of current and emerging occupational therapy practice.

2. Occupation across the Lifespan

  • Articulate and apply evidence-based occupational therapy for people of all ages.
  • Demonstrate entry-level competence in person-centered and occupation-based practice across the lifespan.

3. Communication and Leadership

  • Commit to uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occuopational therapy profession.
  • Differentiate roles and responsibilities within occupational therapy.
  • Perform as a competent and compassionate inter-professional practitioner.
  • Demonstrate effective professional communication and leadership skills.

4. Critical Thinking in the OT process

  • Demonstrate effective critical thinking/clinical reasoning/ interpersonal reasoning in occupational therapy practice.
  • Advocate for occupational therapy services and for/with the recipients of those services.

5. Scholarship and Research

  • Commit to lifelong learning.
  • Commit to the utilization and promotion of evidence-based practice.
  • Synthesize information from research and knowledge bases to support practice.
  • Participate in professional and/or inter-professional growth and dissemination of research and knowledge.


Learn more about our program today. Contact graduate admissions 207-221-4225. We welcome your inquiries.

Apply Online or Request Information about an OT Program

Apply online or request information about the B.S. in Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies Program.

Apply online or request information about the M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program.


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