Program Effectiveness

At Sacred Heart University's Occupational Therapy Program, we strive to continually improve our educational effectiveness. We meet with students each semester to receive feedback about the program and we track student outcomes upon graduation.
 
PROGRESSION, RETENTION, AND GRADUATION RATE OF THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM 2011, 2012, 2013
 
Progression
Progression through the program is defined as the number and/or percentage of students who complete the program within the 24 month/two calendar year timeframe of the full time curriculum, from initial enrollment to completion of all graduation requirements including coursework, Level II fieldwork, and the Capstone project and poster presentation.
  • 94% of full time students completed the program within the 24 months of beginning
Retention
Retention is defined as the number and/or percentage of students who maintain enrollment in the program through to graduation following initial enrollment.  For the three calendar years (2011, 2012, 2013), the Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University has had a retention rate of 96%.
 
Graduation
Graduation rate is defined as the number of students who entered the program and completed it through to graduation within 150% of the published length of the program (within 36 months. Data demonstrates our students’ success rate and percentage of graduates eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) exam. Of the students who began the Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University for the three calendar years (2011, 2012, 2013), 95% graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.
 
 
NBCOT Pass Rates
Our overall pass rate on the exam of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), including repeat test takers, since the first graduating class in 2000 is over 96%. Only program graduates are eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam. To date, our program has had nine graduating classes take the national certification exam.
 
NBCOT Certification Results: For the three calendar years (1/1/2011-12/31/2013) the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification were as follows:
 
Year

Number of Program
Graduates*

Number of
First-
Time
Test Takers*
Number of First-Time
Test Takers Who
Passed the Exam
Percentage of First-
Time Test Takers 
who Passed the Exam
2011 30 29 28 97%
2012 37 42 31 74%
2013** 38 36 36** (NG) 100%** (NG)
Total 3-year 106 110 95 90%
 
*Because the calendar year of a student's official graduation may differ from the year in which the exam was taken, these two categories do not match/overlap 100%
 
** Data was based on the new ACOTE standard A5.6
NG= Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination
1.  Data was calculated on all NG candidates who took the exam in 2013.  NG candidates who failed the exam in 2013, but who still had or have NG status through 2014 were not included in the calculation. 
2.  NG candidates who first took the exam in 2012 whose fail status was recorded as an FTNG on the 2012 reports per the ACOTE reporting standard at that time, and who retook the exam in 2013 were included on the NG 2013 report
 
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program data results page can be found at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

 
Employment
Of the program graduates who responded in 2010, 89% reported that they had found employment in an Occupational Therapy related position within six months of graduating from the Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University.