Frequently Asked Questions



When will I find out if I have been accepted into the entry-level occupational therapy program at UAB?

The program's applications are handled through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System at OTCAS. The system opens in the middle of July with applications accepted until February 1st. Applications are processed by the program as they are verified by OTCAS with interviews typically scheduled November-March. The 50 positions in the cohort are offered by mid-March. Given review and interview timelines, you are encouraged to complete the application process early.

Do I have to have all the prerequisite courses completed before I can apply?

No, but you must have completed all but 2 prerequisites at the time of application and have completed all outstanding course work before June 1st of the year you are entering the program. You may be accepted into the program in March with certain conditions such as completion of all prerequisites with a grade of B or better in courses being taken.

I didn't do well early in my academic career. Will that count against me?

When your record is evaluated, all grades you earned are noted and also when you made them. Applicants must have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA overall, with an 3.0 "B" or better in all prerequisites.

Should I repeat courses that I made C’s in?

You should only if you can't possibly improve your GPAs by taking additional coursework in a given subject area. If you retake a course, OTCAS will average the grades from the two courses to calculate the GPA. 

I graduated a long time ago, will I have to retake any course work?

The content of prerequisite coursework completed more than 8 years prior to the application deadline will need to be retaken.

What should I major in?

You should major in whatever area of study you enjoy most. Students have entered with degrees in psychology, biology, education, kinesiology, child life, music, and athletic training to name only a few. An undergraduate degree in any major other than occupational therapy is acceptable for application to the entry-level occupational therapy education program at UAB.

Do Alabama residents get preferential treatment?

No, all applicants to the entry-level occupational therapy education program are evaluated equally.

How can I become an Alabama resident?

You must live in the state for one year immediately preceding the date of registration. You must show intent to stay in Alabama indefinitely and have more substantial connections with Alabama than any other state. For more information please visit - UAB Nonresident Tuition Policy

How many hours of occupational therapy related observation are required?

No observation hours are required to apply for admission to the entry-level occupational therapy education program at UAB. However, we highly recommend you to have experienced occupational therapy practice in at least two or more practice settings. You should explore as many aspects of the field as you can to get a feel for the profession before applying. The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. has excellent online resources for prospective students who are exploring the profession. To observe an occupational therapist, contact local clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and community agencies in your area.

When does the program start?

The program is full-time and begins in the fall term which usually starts the second half of August. The curriculum is a set curriculum and must be started and completed in a specified period of time. Five classroom-based semesters and two Fieldwork II semesters (7 semesters total). You will graduate in December at the end of the fall semester of your second Fieldwork II placement.

How much does it cost to obtain an occupational therapy degree at UAB?

Click here for information regarding tuition rates at UAB and a detailed estimate of  educational costs (tuition, fees, and other) specifically for the UAB Occupational Therapy Programs.

FEE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THE BEGINNING OF ANY TERM.

Are there scholarships available?

Once enrolled in the program, there are scholarships available through the Department of Occupational Therapy. Additionally, you can contact the UAB Financial Aid office at (205) 934-8223 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about other opportunities or click here