africia_visitProgram Director: Vogtle

Faculty: Barstow, Vogtle, Warren

The program offers postprofessional education to occupational therapists who wish to learn advanced theoretical, practice, and research skills. Currently one online specialization option exists for the postprofessional - low vision. Students interested in low vision must be accepted into the low vision certificate program prior to applying for the postprofessional master's degree. The 33 semester hour program for low vision guides the student through coursework for the areas indicated including theory, specialty practice application, research methodology, and a project or thesis. Elective coursework from related departments may be approved for degree requirements; however, you must submit a copy of the course syllabus and the year and semester you took the course before final decisions are made regarding approval. Graduates of the program may use this degree to enter specialized areas of practice, as part of the requirements for specialty certifications, and to assume leadership positions within the profession or to prepare for doctoral level study.


Length of Study: Approximately 11 semesters are needed to complete this degree. The low vision option was designed specifically for part-time students.

Credentials Conferred: Diploma - The Master of Science degree is awarded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Program Entrance Date: Low vision students accepted as post-professional students enter at the inception of low vision coursework. 

Typical Program: (Course requirements are listed in semester credit hours). Course requirements for the low vision specialty is listed below.

Students interested in a postprofessional master's (low vision specialty) need to complete the 15 hours of coursework for the low vision certificate and the following courses:

Courses students need to complete are:
*OT 642 Research Design in OT (1-3)
*OT 643 Data Analysis in OT Research (1-3)
*OT 644 Project Dissemination-Professional Writing and Presentation (1-3)
OT 647 Leadership in Occupational Therapy (2)
OT 653 Using the Lit: Evidence-Based Practice (3)
OT 658 Foundations of Professional Education (4)
OT 667 Research Methods (3)
OT 692 Selected Topics in OT (1-3)

* Courses designed for final project completion.

Electives offered outside of the occupational therapy curriculum in programs at UAB are allowed with the permission of the advisor. Up to 12 hours of coursework taken at other institutions may apply as well but must be approved by the student's advisor and must be completed with a grade of B or better. A copy of the syllabus is required for approval.

For further information, contact:
Laura K. Vogtle, Ph.D
Program Director - Occupational Therapy Postprofessional Program
School of Health Professions
SHPB 338, 1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212
Telephone: 205 934-3568

For course descriptions see SHP catalog