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 WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG.
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 https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
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 https://www.alasu.edu/cost-aid/tuition-costs.
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, 2016 – December 31, 2018) is 67 of 68 (99%) and represents Cohorts 8, 9, and 10.
As a point of distinction, 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 2018 graduates (Cohort 11) became eligible to test in January 2019. There were twenty-two graduates from Cohort 11. We anticipate having one Cohort 11 member to graduate in May 2019.
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 2016-2018 is 68 of 72 with an overall graduation rate of 94%.
* The asterisk indicates program completion/graduation out of sequence.