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A career in Occupational Therapy offers the opportunity to work in a fast-growing and rewarding health care field. Occupational therapists work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers,  nursing homes, public and private schools, community organizations and programs, outpatient clinics, day care facilities, patient homes, corporations, and private practice.

Occupational therapists help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday occupations. Occupational therapists work with diverse individuals, such as:

  • A child with cerebral palsy who wants to play with other children
  • A woman with a stroke who wants to dress herself independently
  • A man with a mental illness who wants to work part-time, shop, use the internet and public transportation to explore his community.
  • A teenager who has been injured in an automobile accident and wants to return to school
  • An older adult with low vision who wants to continue to live safely in the family home

A career in occupational therapy begins with obtaining a Master's degree in occupational therapy from an accredited program. Upon completion of the Master's degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination. Candidates who obtain a passing score on the examination are registered occupational therapists (OTR) and are eligible to obtain state licensure.

The Occupational Therapy Program at San José State University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The address is 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652 - 6611 x2042 and its web address is

10-Year Accreditation by ACOTE
During the 2015-2106 academic year, our program underwent the careful and comprehensive process of reaccreditation. This required us to submit evidence that our program met the 189 standards established for occupational therapy academic programs. We are very happy to report that the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) awarded us a 10-year accreditation based on the strength of our academic program! This is the longest accreditation period awarded and we are very proud of the accomplishment!

Graduation Rate

The total number of graduates from San Jose State University during the three-year period 2017 - 2019 was 200 with an overall graduation rate of 94%.

Graduation Year #Entering/
Graduation Rate NBCOT Pass Rates
2016 81/79 97% 99%
2017 56/54 96% 95%
2018 75/70 93% 96%
2019 81/76 94% 100%
Total 212/200 94%  

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online by clicking here.