Cohort 13
OT Pinning Ceremony
OT Graduates
OT Graduates

Occupational Therapy

Virtual Open House

11:30 a.m.


January 24, 2023


February 14, 2023


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 will be assessed for candidacy by ACOTE to transition to an entry level doctoral program for the upcoming Fall 2023 cohort admission.  Alabama State University will be notified about candidacy status by April 2023.

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.

The NBCOT Program data results can be found at

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 (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021) is 60 (95%) and represents Cohorts 11, 12, and 13.

As a point of distinction, in 2015 there were 20 first-time new graduate test-takers in Cohort 7 and all 20 of them (100%) passed the exam within 12 months of graduation. Each of the 20 program graduates passed the certification examination on their first attempt.

December 2021 graduates (Cohort 14) became eligible to test in January 2022. There were 22 graduates from Cohort 14 in December 2021.

Graduation Rates for ASU OT

The total number of graduates from the Alabama State University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program during the three-year period of 2019-2021 is 64 of 73 with an overall graduation rate of 88%.

Graduation Cycle

 Students (Entering/Graduating)   

Cohort Reported

Fall 2018  



Spr 2019*



Fall 2019  



Fall 2020 24/21



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


Check out our OT students who presented at the 2021 Fall ALOTA Conference in Gulf Shores, Ala. They represented us well. #HornetStrong!


OT Student Presentation

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Take a look at why students entering the program chose ASUs OT Program:


“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”.