Department of Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Alabama is dedicated to the provision of a high quality, socially relevant, and evidence-based occupational therapy education; we strive to discover and disseminate new knowledge in the field, and to provide professional and volunteer service in order to reduce health disparities, improve health and quality of live, and meet the occupational needs of the community.

 

 
 
Occupational Therapy Spring Open House

Friday, March 17, 2023
1:00pm - 3:00pm
RSVP to tldonaldson@southalabama.edu by March 15, 2023

 

About the Department of Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Alabama is proud of its many accomplishments in its short history. The OT Bachelor of Science degree program was founded in 1993 and the first class of occupational therapists graduated in 1996. In 2002, the program converted to a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy as a result of national changes in the accreditation standards. 

Our students receive didactic, laboratory and clinical education in all facets of entry-level occupational therapy practice. Program graduates are highly sought and recruited by employers in a variety of healthcare and community settings because of their knowledge, professionalism and evaluation and intervention skills.

Occupational therapy faculty members are committed to providing high quality, cutting-edge instruction. Many of the faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarship and service to the profession. The Department strives to provide a collegial and challenging learning environment in which students can acquire knowledge and skills, and develop lifelong professional and personal relationships. We invite you to explore our webpages and become better acquainted with the occupational therapy program and faculty at the University of South Alabama.

Description of Program

  • Entry-level master's degree program
  • 95 semester hours of professional course work
  • Extra expenses are associated with professional studies, including books, local travel to and from clinical facilities, and for possible out-of-town travel and living expenses during the fieldwork. Graduates of the program may assume responsibilities in the areas of administration, program development, consultation, and research.

Accreditation

Accreditation by:
The University of South Alabama Occupational Therapy entry-level master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Status is:
Currently accredited until 2032

ACOTE Address:
c/o Accreditation Department
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) 
6116 Executive Boulevard Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
Website: https://acoteonline.org/

Licensure

The University of South Alabama MS in Occupational Therapy Program is an accredited program by ACOTE®. Students completing the prescribed graduate courses including clinical fieldwork components for the MS in Occupational Therapy meet the academic requirements needed to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. Our MSOT graduates are eligible to take the NBCOT exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Credentialing

The University of South Alabama Department of Occupational Therapy graduates have consistently performed above the national average on the NBCOT Exam.  To see our latest statistics, visit NBCOT School Performance.

University of South Alabama
Dept. of Occupational Therapy
Graduation Rate Information

Graduation
Year
Students
Entering/Graduating
Graduation
Rate
2021 36/34 94%
2020 36/35 97%
2019 30/30 100%
Total 102/99 97%

 

NBCOT Success Rate

Over the past six years, USA graduates have achieved an overall pass rate of 100% on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination, well above the national average.

University of South Alabama
Dept. of Occupational Therapy
NBCOT Success Rate

Exam
Year
USAOT % of New Graduates
First Year Pass Rate
National
Average
Jan- Dec. 2021 100% 97%
Jan- Dec. 2020 100% 97%
Jan- Dec. 2019 100% 98%
Jan- Dec. 2018 100% 98%

Professional Component Format

(7 semesters) - includes the full-time Level II Fieldwork