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 2013, 2014, 2015
 
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.
  • 91% 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 (2013, 2014, 2015), 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 (2013, 2014, 2015), 98% graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Graduation Year Student Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2013 40/38 95%
2014 45/46* 100%
2015 45/45 100%
Total 130/128 98%

   
 
NBCOT Pass Rates
 
NBCOT Certification Results: For the three calendar years (1/1/2013-12/31/2015) 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
New Graduates

Testing*
Number of New Graduates
Passing the Exam

Percentage of New Graduates

Passing the Exam

2013 38 36 36 100%
2014  46* 45 45 100%
2015 45 44 44 100%
Total 3-year 121 123 112 100%
 
 
*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%.  (2014 includes one additional student who began the program in 2012 but graduated from program in 2014 after leave of absence.)
 
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program data results page can be found online.
 
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.