The Department of Occupational Therapy

The nationally ranked UAB Department of Occupational Therapy offers innovative graduate programs for students interested in becoming occupational therapists or those seeking to advance existing occupational therapy careers. These programs incorporate hands-on learning methods applied to the study of comprehensive rehabilitative, preventive, and wellness-oriented approaches designed to improve the lives of clients, families and communities they reside in.

We offer Entry-Level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy; Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Master of Science; 3:2 Fast Track in conjunction with UAB Health Care Management; PhD in Rehabilitation Science; and Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate  seek advanced training and degrees based on early, mid-career or established professional experiences. A fast track 3:2 program is available for qualified undergraduate students.

Graduates of the OT entry-level professional degree post board pass rates consistently above the national average and become experts and leaders in the field. The UAB OT program is 28th in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the most recent "Best Graduate Schools" edition and 22nd in the country in's "Top Occupational Therapy Schools according to Student Reviews."

Our entry-level master's degree in occupational therapy professional program is accredited by 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 is c/o AOTA  301-652-AOTA and its Web address is

Certification and Licensure: Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the occupational therapist certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT); website: After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Note that state law regulates occupational therapy practice and most states require licensure. Contact a specific state's board of licensure for occupational therapy to obtain information on that state's eligibility requirements.

NBCOT Success Rate

Over the past three years (2012–2014), UAB OT graduates have achieved an overall pass rate of 93% on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

For official NBCOT data results please visit


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