Application Procedure for the Post-professional Program

Application procedure for the Post-professional Program

Application Deadline: One semester preceding the expected semester of enrollment.

Application Procedure: Received by UAB Graduate School
511 HUC; 1400 University Boulevard
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham,AL 35294-1150

Application and fee (online) UAB Graduate School application;  
Request one official transcript from every college/university to be mailed by the issuing instituion  to the UAB Graduate School;
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Please ask the individuals from whom you request references to submit them online via the Apply Yourself system. Electronic submission is the preferred method; however, if your referees prefer to mail a recommendation letter, it should be mailed to the address of the department or program to which you are applying.

Received by UAB Department of Occupational Therapy (Postprofessional)
1705 University Boulevard
SHPB 353, 1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212

Request one (1) official transcript to be mailed by the issuing institution to the Occupational Therapy-Postprofessional Program; 
see instructions under Graduate School application process for letters of recommendation. NOTE: Materials used in the low vision application can be used for the postprofessional master's application, however 3 letters of reference and GRE scores and a letter of intent to apply to the post professional program are also required.

International Students: complete UAB Graduate School International application materials;
non-refundable Graduate School application processing fee;
official transcripts (2) from each college or university attended; request one transcript be mailed to the UAB Graduate School and one to the Department of Occupational Therapy
Submit official GRE test score Institutional Code: 1856;
transcript evaluation by an external agency prior to the submission of application materials. It is the student's responsibility to have the transcripts evaluated. Please contact the UAB Graduate School Program (205-934-8227) for information regarding agencies that will complete a transcript review;
students from countries where English is not the official and primary language must also take and receive an acceptable score on the TOEFL, Institution Code 1856;and
For the postprofessional master's degree, the occupational therapy school attended must be approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.

Requirements for Admission: For unconditional acceptance, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy from an accredited educational program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (A= 4.0) computed over the last 60 hours of coursework;
  • eligibility for licensure as an occupational therapist in the United States;
  • an acceptable score (UAB Graduate School) on each section (verbal and quantitative) of the GRE general test;
  • completed application for admission to the UAB Graduate School;
  • three letters of reference; and if accepted,
  • complete the student health forms/requirements listed at  

    Essential Requirements: Fundamental tasks, behaviors, and abilities necessary to successfully complete the academic and clinical requirements of the program and to satisfy licensure/certification requirements, if any, have been outlined and are available upon request from the academic program office. Students requesting disability accommodations must do so by filing a disability accommodation request in writing with the Disability Support Services Office.

    After acceptance and prior to enrollment into online programs, students must certify their ability to complete the essential tasks, with or without reasonable accommodation, associated with performing as an occupational therapy student. Reasonable accommodation refers to ways in which the University can assist students with disabilities to accomplish these tasks (for example, providing extra time to complete an examination or enhancing the sound system in a classroom). Reasonable accommodation does not mean that students with disabilities will be exempt from certain tasks; it does mean that the Department of Occupational Therapy will work with students with disabilities to determine whether there are ways to assist the student with completion of the required tasks.

    After enrollment, a student with a disability who wishes reasonable accommodation contacts Disability Support Services (205) 934-4205 or (205) 934-4248 (TDD) or visits 516 Hill University Center, provide appropriate and current documentation substantiating the claimed disability, meet the requirements of a disability as described in the ADA, and identify the needed accommodation. Reasonable accommodation in classroom and in practice settings cannot be provided without the formal request and the required documentation of the ADA defined disability.

    Essential Tasks: Students must meet class standards for course completion throughout the curriculum.
    Students must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English at a level consistent with successful course completion and development of positive client-therapist relationships.
    Students must complete readings, assignments, and other activities outside of class hours.
    Students must gather decision-making pieces of information during client assessment activities in class or in the fieldwork setting without the use of an intermediary, such as a classmate, an occupational therapy assistant, or an aide.
    Students must perform intervention activities in class or in the clinical setting by direct performance.
    Students must apply critical thinking processes to their work in the classroom and in the fieldwork setting, exercise sound judgment in class and in fieldwork, and follow safety procedures established for each class and fieldwork setting.
    Students must have interpersonal skills as needed for productive classroom discussion, respectful interaction with classmates and faculty, and development of appropriate therapist-client relationships.
    Students must maintain personal appearance and hygiene conducive to classroom and fieldwork settings.
    Students must pass a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course at the health professional level (American Heart Association, Course C) every two years under Alabama guidelines for CPR certification. Students must demonstrate appropriate health status prior to enrollment, with annual updates on some items: forms/requirements are found at
    Students must follow standards and policies specified in the Department of Occupational Therapy Student Handbook, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Directions Handbook. Students must adhere to all policies outlined in the Department of Occupational Therapy Student Handbook which will be displayed in the Resource section of each online course.