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.

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."


This program participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please consult our Admissions page for more information regarding specific OTCAS application requirements, procedures and fees plus our program prerequisite courses. Applicants should send all application materials directly to OTCAS. OTCAS will verify the application information and send completed applications to the program. Click here to apply to OTCAS. There are also program prerequisite courses that must be completed within the past eight (8) years with a grade of B or better.

What We Offer You

Choose from Entry-Level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy; Occupational Therapy Post-Professional Master of SciencePost-Professional Master of Science; 3:2 Fast Track in conjunction with UAB Health Care Management; PhD in Rehabilitation Science; and Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificateow Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate. Our many options allow you to seek advanced training and degrees based on early, mid-career or established professional experiences.


UAB’s entry-level master’s degree program is fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy® (ACOTE®)

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ACOTE® is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACOTE® is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from UAB’s entry-level Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program during the 3-year period of 2012-2014 was 129 with an overall graduation rate of 98.5%.

Graduation Year   Students Entering/Graduating   Graduation Rate  
2012 43/40 93%
2013 49/49 100%
2014 39/40 102%
TOTAL 131/129 98.5%

*Non-completion is due to one of the following reasons:
  • Withdrawing due to medical or family issues
  • Not meeting academic standards
Numbers also includes students who returned to program following leave of absence


Graduates of UAB’s entry-level MSOT program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®). Upon successful completion of the examination, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure to practice. Graduates should contact specific state’s board of licensure for occupational therapy for current eligibility requirements.

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NBCOT Success Rate

Over the past three years (2013-2015), UAB graduates have achieved an overall pass rate of 99.3% on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.
Exam Period % of new graduates who passed exam
Jan. - Dec. 2013 98%
Jan. - Dec. 2014 100%
Jan. - July 2015 100%

For official NBCOT® data results please visit: