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Occupational Therapy


Open House

Occupational Therapy Department 

Second Floor, Buskey Health Science Building

March 12, 2024

5:30 - 7 p.m. 


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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.  ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG.
Alabama State University's Masters of Occupational Therapy Program is being assessed for candidacy by ACOTE to an entry-level doctoral program for the Fall 2024 cohort admission. Alabama State University will be notified about candidacy status in Fall 2024.
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. The MSOT program consists of 91 credit hours for a total tuition cost of $37,492.00 (in-state) or $74,984.00 (out-of-state). University fees total $3,885.15. Total tuition and fees $41,377.15 (in-state) or $78,869.15 (out-of-state). Itemized information on tuition and university fees can be found on the main webpage at Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice.


Graduation Rate

The total number of ASU OT graduates over the previous three calendar years:

Calendar Year Number of Students to Graduate Overall Percentage
  2022   23 of 24   96%
  2021*   22 of 24   92%
  2020   21 of 24   88%
    Total = 66 of 72   Avg = 92%

* December 2021 graduates became eligible to test in January 2022.


NBCOT 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 previous three calendar years:

Calendar Year Number of Students to Graduate Overall Percentage
  2022   23   96%
  2021   20   95%
  2020   21   95%
    Total = 64   Avg = 95%

The NBCOT Program data results can be found at


Take a look at why students entering the program chose ASU:

“ASU OT program encourages outreach to the community along with possessing a high success rate in passing the OT Boards.”


“I love how hands on the professors are and the class size.”


“Students and professors have a great rapport with one another as well as working with the other programs.”


“The mission of the ASU OT department and the smaller cohort size.”


“I knew an occupational therapist that graduated from ASU OT Program. She expressed to me how well equipped she had been after completing the program. I started to research and learned about how the program offers an interdisciplinary approach when teaching OTs and PTs. I selected this program because I wanted to be a part of the best, I also wanted to impact lives the way Occupational Therapist impacted my life years ago. I’ve always had an eagerness to learn and excel and I believe the best way to start is here!”


“I’ve heard nothing but good from every OT that has graduated from ASU!”


“The most desirable thing about the ASU OT Program that I love is that the faculty and students have such a good relationship. The teachers and staff does everything possible to make sure that the students have everything they need to succeed with this program. With my education that’s something that I look for. I want a staff that sees my drive and knows what I’m going through and the troubles that I’m having and does everything to help as long as I do my part.”


“I have heard great things about the ASU OT program from current OTs and current students.”


“When I researched this program, I found most desirable was this programs' mission and educational goals. I believe that this faculty is passionate about preparing students to succeed beyond than any other school. I also believe that we would be prepared to work in any setting and have the proper leadership skills.”


“I shadowed an Occupational Therapist that graduated from the ASU OT program, and she had a lot to say. I like the university and city of Montgomery as well”.


“I like that this program is more affordable than most other school”.