The Department of Occupational TherapyThe 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 GraduatePrograms.com's "Top Occupational Therapy Schools according to Student Reviews."
ApplicationsThis 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 YouChoose from 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. Our many options allow you to seek advanced training and degrees based on early, mid-career or established professional experiences.
AccreditationUAB’s entry-level master’s degree program is fully accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy® (ACOTE®)
ACOTE web address: http://www.acoteonline.org
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 RatesThe 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%.
UAB MASTER'S DEGREE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (MSOT)
|Graduation Year||Students Entering/Graduating||Graduation Rate|
*Non-completion is due to one of the following reasons:
- Withdrawing due to medical or family issues
- Not meeting academic standards
CertificationGraduates 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.
NBCOT web address: http://www.nbcot.org
NBCOT Success RateOver 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.
NBCOT SUCCESS RATE
|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: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx