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The master’s degree program in occupational therapy at Eastern Kentucky University rates among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine recently ranked the EKU program as tied for 37th nationally. No other graduate OT program in Kentucky ranked in the top 50.

The EKU master’s degree program in OT admits up to 80 students a year, the majority coming from central and eastern Kentucky with others coming from elsewhere in the Commonwealth or other states. Graduates are employed in a variety of healthcare facilities, school systems and community health programs, also mostly in Kentucky.

A post-professional master’s degree in OT was launched at EKU in 1990; the entry-level master’s program dates to 2002. To be eligible to sit for the certification exam in occupational therapy, students must first graduate from an entry-level master’s or OTD program. (Eastern also offers a nationally recognized post-professional doctoral degree program in OT and, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky, a doctoral degree in rehabilitation sciences.)

Dr. Colleen Schneck, chair of EKU’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, credited the program’s success to “our dedicated and diverse faculty.”

U.S. News based its rankings solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools. More than 160 nationally accredited graduate programs in occupational therapy were surveyed.

For more information about all the programs offered through EKU’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, including a bachelor’s degree in occupational science, visit