Thank you for your interest in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Occupational Therapy Program

Requirements for Admission:

Acceptance is based on the students’ academic ability, aptitude for a career as an occupational therapist, interview and personal statement.

The deadline for applications is December 1st prior to admission the following fall semester. The candidate is expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Complete the OTCAS application (
    • Applicant status in OTCAS must be “verified” by December 1st
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than occupational therapy from an accredited college or university, or receive a baccalaureate degree by June 1st of the admission year.
  • Take the GRE, or report scores of the GRE within the last five years
  • Complete all prerequisite coursework by June 1
    • By July 1, the UAB Graduate School must receive an official transcript stating that you have received a grade of at least a "B".
    • By the start of your first semester, the Graduate School must receive an official transcript with the date that your Baccalaureate Degree was conferred.
  • Have an overall minimum GPA 3.0 as calculated by OTCAS or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or better for all prerequisite courses
  • If invited, participate in an interview with faculty of the Department of Occupational Therapy. The interview is scheduled once all applications are reviewed. Interviews are typically held in January and February.



All prerequisites must be completed in the last 8 years with a grade of "B" or better, or must be scheduled for completion no later than June 1st of the application year. Transfer equivalents for UAB can be found here.

Biology with a lab

  • 4 credit hours
  • UAB equivalent is BY123/L

Human Anatomy

  • 4 credit hours
  • UAB equivalent is BY115/L

Human Physiology

  • 4 credit hours
  • UAB equivalent is BY116/L

Physics or Kinesiology

  • 3 credit hours
  • UAB Equivalent is PH 201 or KIN307

Abnormal Psychology

  • 3 credit hours
  • UAB Equivalent is PY 218

Developmental Psychology

  • 3 credit hours
  • UAB Equivalent is PY 212
  • Course must cover birth through death


  • 3 credit hours
  • UAB Equivalent is PY 214, PY 216, MA 180

Sociology or Anthropology Elective

  • 3 credit hours


Transfer of Credit Policy

The Department adheres to the credit transfer policy established by the UAB Graduate School, located at You will also find specific policy wording in the current OT Student Handbook (see links on left) In keeping with this University policy, requests for transfer of graduate credit from another entry level occupational therapy program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), will be considered on an individual case basis and will require approval from the program director and the department chair before it is submitted for approval to the Graduate School Dean. Each course submitted for review will be evaluated for equivalence to the required department course by the faculty member currently teaching the course, and the program director. Course syllabi must be provided for equivalence review, and a competency test may be administered at the program director's discretion.