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Occupational Therapy

Welcome to ASU OT

We strive to advance occupational therapy as a leading profession in promoting health, productivity, and quality of life of individuals and society through the therapeutic application of occupation.


The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program at Alabama State University is to serve the city of Montgomery, the state, the nation and global community. The program is also designed for those students whose interests and aptitude carry them beyond routine classroom experiences.


The curriculum, through a logical and developmental sequence of learning and service create an interdisciplinary environment that will prepare and graduate proficient entry-level therapists who demonstrate competency in evidenced-based clinical practice in the profession of occupational therapy.


The American Occupational Therapy Association’s Vision 2025

Occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2016).



The Alabama State University Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is


Progression, Retention, Graduation, Certification, & Credentialing Requirements

Graduates of the program will be eligible 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 graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure 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 examination or attain state licensure.


Graduation Requirements, Tuition, & Fees

The requirements for graduation are published and available for viewing in the Graduate Bulletin. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Please refer to Cost & Aid on the main page (


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. Official results for 2016 have not been released as of January 19, 2017.


During the 2016 testing cycle, there were 21 first-time new graduate test takers from Cohort 8. Cohort 8 included twenty Fall 2015 graduates and one Spring 2016 graduate. Each member of Cohort 8 passed the certification examination within 1-year of graduation.


In 2015, there were twenty first-time new graduate test takers in Cohort 7 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 9) will be eligible to test January 2017. There were twenty-two graduates from Cohort 9.


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 2014-2016 is 64 with an overall graduation rate of 89%.


Graduation Cycle

Students (Entering/Graduating)

Cohort Reported

Fall 2013



Spr 2014*



Fall 2014



Fall 2015



Spr 2016*



Fall 2016



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


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

2017 Open House Dates

  • Tuesday, January 24 
  • Tuesday, February 14 

Directions link


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