The Department of Occupational Therapy

UAB OT program ranked highly by Students reports that current and recent graduate students rated UAB’s Occupational Therapy Program 13th among the top 25 such programs in the country. Based on a variety of student ratings in 2012-2014. OT at UAB was among the best, with Colorado State University (#1), Washington State University in St. Louis (#2), as well as Boston University (#9) and the University of Southern California (#20).

The Department of Occupational Therapy offers innovative graduate programs for students interested in becoming occupational therapists or those seeking to advance his or her 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. Entry-level Occupational Therapy professional program students apply with a broad range of social and science bachelorette degree background. Post-professional Occupational Therapists 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.

The UAB Department of Occupational Therapy offers the entry-level Master of Science OT degree, a low vision rehabilitation graduate certificate, post-professional Master of Science degrees, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science. 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 Occupational Therapy program ranks 28th in the nation as ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its annual "Best Graduate Schools" 2015 edition.

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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Rehabilitation Science Seminar
Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
March 20th, 2015