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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

Fall (December) 2014 graduates became eligible to test in January 2015.  For 2015, there were 20 first-time new graduate test takers and all 20 passed the NBCOT examination on the first attempt as first-time new graduate test takers.

In 2014, there were 12 first-time new graduate test takers and 10 of the 12 (83%) passed the examination within 12 months of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts.

The total number of graduates who passed the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers over the three most recent calendar years (2012 - 2014) is 34 of 38 (89.47%).

December 2015 graduates will be eligible to test in Januray 2016.

2015 Cohort 7:  20 of 20 (100%)
2014 Cohort 6:  10 of 12 (83%)
2013 Cohort 5:  14 of 15 (93%)
2012 Cohort 4:  10 of 11 (91%)

NBCOT link:  https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx 

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 application cycle for Fall 2015 admissions has closed. Admissions and application information for Fall 2016 will be come available on this webpage in July of 2015.

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:

June 16, 2015
July 14, 2015
September 15, 2015
October 13, 2015
November 10, 2015
January 19, 2016
February 16, 2016

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