Outcomes and Assessment

At Sacred Heart University's Occupational Therapy Program, we strive to continually improve our educational effectiveness. We survey students each semester to receive feedback about the program and we track student outcomes upon graduation.


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 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 (2016, 2017, 2018), the Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University has had a retention rate of 97%.


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 (2014, 2015, 2016), 97% graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Program Cohort Year Graduation Year Cohort Head Count Progression Retention Graduation
2016 2018 49 46 (94%) 48 (98%) 48 (98%)
2015 2017 47 45 (96%) 47(100%) 47(100%)
2014 2016 49 45 (92%) 46 (94%) 46 (94%)
TOTAL   145 136 (94%) 141(97%) 141(97%)
 Source: Outcomes By Year Report, filtered on MS OT 2013-2016 calendar year cohorts, run on 3/26/2019

NBCOT Pass Rates

NBCOT Certification Results: For the three calendar years (1/1/2016-12/31/2018) the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification were as follows:

Number of 
Graduates Tested

Number of Graduates
Passing the Exam

Percentage of Graduates
Passing the Exam

2016 47 47 100%
2017 47 46 98%
2018 48 48 100%
Total 3-year 138 137 99%
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program data results page can be found online.

2018 Employment Survey Results

All 48 of the 2018 graduates were sent an Employment Survey via a Survey Monkey link. Twenty-four graduates responded to the survey, although not all 24 respondents completed all questions as follows:

Are you employed full or part time?

24 responded to the question

  • 19 or 79.17% of respondents are employed full time
  •  9 or 37.5% of respondents are employed part time
  •  6 or 25% of respondents are employed both full and part time/per diem
  •  1 or 6.25% of respondent is not employed

If employed full time, what is your annual starting salary?

21 responded to the question

  • 1 or 4.76% responded $0 to $20,000
  • 6 or 28.57% responded $40,001 to $60,000
  • 13 or 61.90% responded $60,001 to $80,000
  • 1 or 4.76% responded $100,0001 to $120,000

What was your initial area of practice?  

21 responded to the question. (Some respondents work in multiple practice areas)

 Initial Practice Area


Long term care/skilled nursing facilities

4 or 19.05%


6 or 28.57%

Outpatient practice

7 or 33.33%

Inpatient hospital (non-mental health)

3 or 14.29%


1 or 4.76%

Inpatient rehabilitation

3 or 14.29%

Early Intervention

3 or 14.29%

Home health

1 or 4.76%

Community practice

0 or 0%

Mental health

1 or 4.76%

PRIDE Student Learning Outcomes

The ACOTE Self Study process and newly required University and College of Health Professions’ outcomes assessment planning criteria have prompted the program to refine our PRIDE program outcomes. The revised program outcomes better align with those of the College of Health Professions and ACOTE’s outcomes outlined in the Self-Study Guide’s Preamble, and, more accurately reflect curricular evolutions in interprofessional education, development of professionalism and professional behaviors, and Problem-based learning pedagogies used in the curriculum. The revised PRIDE Program Outcomes and Outcomes Assessment/Program Evaluation Plan went into effect fall 2017 and course syllabi and curricular documents will reflect the revised PRIDE Outcomes. The University requires all Programs to develop a maximum of six program outcomes, which are to be distinguished from “outcome indicators” such as graduation rates and certification exam pass rates.

The PRIDE Student Learning Outcomes are as follows:

  1. Practice in a safe, legal, and ethical manner
  2. Respond to unmet occupational and educational needs in underserved communities through leadership, advocacy, and service
  3. Interact collaboratively and communicate effectively with individuals, populations, and interprofessional teams
  4. Demonstrate readiness, habits, and skills for self-directed, life-long learning and self-reflection
  5. Exhibit critical thinking, clinical reasoning, use of evidence, and competence in skills requisite for entry-level, holistic application of the occupational therapy process
  6. Engage in professional activities and demonstrate professional behaviors   

Occupational Therapy Program Curriculum Map: Academic Year 2016-2017

The OT Curriculum Design maps the Program’s PRIDE Student Learning Outcomes with the College of Health Professions’(CHP) Student Learning Outcomes and identifies the specific courses and course learning outcomes that meet both the PRIDE and CHP Student Learning Outcomes. Methods of assessing student learning outcomes and student produced artifacts to which PRIDE learning outcome rubrics are also mapped to each learning outcome.