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Program Overview

The Department of Occupational Therapy is one of several health science programs at Alabama State University. It is a seven semester program (5 semester didactic, 2 semester fieldwork). The program is a full time program that is run in a cohort style with 24 students per cohort.

Alabama State University offers the Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT).

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?  

Occupational therapists use every day activities as a means of helping people to achieve independence. Some tasks performed by an occupational therapist are:

  • Aid the growth and development of premature babies
  • Enhance learning environments of physically challenged school children
  • Adapt home environments for people dealing with the effects of a stroke, aging, heart disease or other long-term conditions
  • Assess geriatric clients and design activities to promote maximum functioning
  • Rehabilitate clients after injury or illness
  • Analyze job task requirements for an injured worker
  • Conduct research to measure the effectiveness of treatment activities

Occupational Therapists Are Employed in a Variety of Settings

  • Mental Health Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Rehabilitation Hospitals
  • Public Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • General Hospitals
  • Private Practice
  • Developmental Centers
  • Hospice

 Prerequisite Courses

  • Intro to Psychology (3 hours)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • Behavioral Science Elective (3 hours)
  • Biology with lab (4 hours)
  • Biology Elective with lab (4 hours)
  • English/Writing/Literature (6 hours)
  • College Algebra or above (3 hours)
  • Intro to Physics with lab (4 hours)
  • Intro to Statistics (3 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 hours)

Course Credit Policy

Prerequisites/Degree Posting: All prerequisites MUST be completed with a grade of “C” or better with the required GPA of 3.0 or above and the undergraduate degree must be posted prior to the start of classes.

Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment: Students with advanced placement or dual enrollment credit must assure these credits are posted to the offical transcript.

Experiential/Work Experience: The OT program does not give academic credit for previous experiential learning or work experience.

Policy on Transfer Credit and Experiential Credit

The ASU OT Program is designed as a comprehensive curriculum, and all learners are required to complete the prescribed didactic coursework and clinical fieldwork within the established timeframe. The ASU OT Program does not allow for exemption from courses, clinical skills, laboratories, or fieldwork education regardless of prior experience, degree, or credential. Students must matriculate through all aspects of the program and successfully complete all program requirements in order to graduate.

  • Advanced placement is not granted into the ASU OT Program.
  • All students must complete the full ASU OT Program,
  • No external coursework will satisfy ASU OT Program requirements. Program prerequisite are closely assessed and evaluated during the admissions process. Beyond prerequisites, no other credits are reviewed or considered by the Program.

Official Complaint Policy

Individuals who have a complaint against the Alabama State University Occupational Therapy Program resulting from conflict with students, faculty, staff or administrators are asked to first seek consultation with the Chair of the Occupational Therapy Program. All complaints will be logged into a Complaint File held in the Occupational Therapy Department. The nature of each complaint will be detailed in the log. Each complaint will be investigated by the Department Chair and a formal recommendation will be issued by the Department Chair within 30 days of receipt of the complaint.  The formal disposition of the complaint will be recorded in the complaint log. Individuals who do not feel they are able to consult with the Department Chair are asked to consult with the Dean of the College of Health Sciences or the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.



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