Why Choose Nazareth for Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists have the privilege of working with individuals with impairments or disabilities to develop or regain the “occupations” that are meaningful in their lives. They may help people improve performance of daily living tasks, learn in school, engage in social relationships and community activities, or resume job duties impacted by illness or injury.

Students in Nazareth's occupational therapy degree program learn how to develop or improve a person’s sensory, physical, cognitive/perceptual, and/or psychosocial abilities. They will also learn to modify the environment to help the person to be as self-sufficient and productive as possible. The program prepares students for entry-level general practice as well as develops initial skills in areas of specialization such as early intervention, school-based practice, neurological rehabilitation, environmental analysis and modification, ergonomics, and treatment of upper extremity and orthopedic impairments.

Program Highlights

  • The curriculum offers students a wide range of interprofessional academic and clinical experiences, including an on-campus OT clinic, clinical outreach activities, and fieldwork opportunities. 
  • All occupational therapy majors take a gross anatomy course that includes dissection of a cadaver, and five rigorous practice courses in the senior year are associated with clinic work.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research with faculty and OT clinicians.

Typical Class Schedule

Program Information

Contact Information

Linda A. Shriber

Linda A. Shriber

Associate Professor and Chair in Occupational Therapy Program
Smyth Hall 388C
occupational therapy degree program, occupational therapy major at Nazareth College Rochester, NY

Client Spotlight

“The OT group for toddlers given by the occupational therapy program at Nazareth College is very well run. My 2-year-old daughter really enjoys all parts of group — craft time, sensory activities, and the obstacle courses.” — Brandy Hauser, OT clinic client

Examples of OT Employers

  • Elementary and high schools
  • Schools for children with special needs
  • Hospitals, clinics, and medical groups
  • Home care agencies
  • Medical equipment companies
  • OT schools and research laboratories
  • Long-term care settings
  • Private practice

Internships/Field Experiences

  •  Rochester Psychiatric Center
  • Heritage Christian Services
  • Jewish Senior Life
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • ARC of Monroe
  • Canandaigua VA Medical Center
  • CP Rochester
  • Mary Cariola Children’s Center
  • Rush-Henrietta School District
  • Greece School District
  • E. John Gavras Center


The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011-12) indicates that in occupational therapy, employment is expected to grow much faster than average and that job opportunities are good. US News & World Report named occupational therapy one of its “Best Careers 2011.”