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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Alabama State University offers the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT). Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps patients achieve independence in their lives despite disabilities.

Occupational Therapy is the “therapeutic use of self-care, work and leisure activities to increase independent function, enhance development and prevent disability. It may include adaptation of tasks or environment to achieve maximum independence to enhance quality of life” (American Occupational Therapy Association,1986).

Occupational Therapy has proved to be a stable employment choice in difficult economic times. In fact, the American Occupational Therapy Association states "demand for occupational therapy services is on the rise, and new practitioners are needed to fill the demand." Of the 150 best recession-proof jobs Occupational Therapy ranks number 18.

Graduates are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.


The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: 301-652-2682

Financial assistance is available through the Department of Occupational Therapy and other university resources. Scholarships may be provided based upon funds available.


Board Pass Rate

The total number of ASU OT graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers over the three most recent calendar years (2013 – 2015) is 44 of 48 (91.7%) and represents Cohort 5, 6, and 7.


During the 2016 testing cycle, there are 21 first-time new graduate test takers from Cohort 8. Cohort 8 included twenty Fall 2015 graduates and one Spring 2016 graduate.


In 2015, there were twenty first-time new graduate test takers and twenty of the twenty (100%) passed the exam within 12 months of graduation. Each of the twenty program graduates passed the certification examination on their first attempt.


December 2016 graduates (Cohort 10) will be eligible to test January 2017.


Graduation Rates for ASU OT

The total number of graduates from the Alabama State University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 52 with an overall graduation rate of 85%. As of July 2016, there have been 53 graduates (87% graduation rate since 2013) that represent Cohorts 6, 7, and 8.


Graduation Cycle

Students (Entering/Graduating)

Cohort Reported

Fall 2013



Spr 2014*



Fall 2014



Fall 2015



Spr 2016*



* The asterisk indicates program completion/graduation out of sequence.


National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Pass Rate Information

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

Learn More About the Program

Explore our Master's Degree program in Occupational Therapy (OT):


Contact Us

For more information about the ASU Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Program call or write to:

Dr. Susan Denham, Chair
Dept. of Occupational Therapy
Alabama State University
PO Box 271
Montgomery, AL 36101-0271

Phone:  334.229.5056

FAX:  334.229.5882

Application Info

Application to the Department of Occupational Therapy is ONLY through the on-line Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). For application instructions, click here. Paper applications will NOT be considered.

The OTCAS applications must be complete by Jan. 16, 2017 and verified by Feb. 13, 2017.

Visit us at an ASU OT Open House

The Department of Occupational Therapy will be holding Open Houses for you learn more about our program.  You can meet with OT faculty members for an advisement session and take a brief tour of the facility. These Open houses will be held on the following dates at 11:30am in the John L. Buskey Building Rm 212

2016 Open House Dates

  • Tuesday, July 19 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 

Directions link


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