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.
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 degree in Occupational
Therapy as a result of national changes in the accreditation standards. Since its
inception, over 450 students have graduated with a degree in occupational therapy.
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.
The University of South Alabama Occupational Therapy Program is Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Currently accredited until 2022
c/o Accreditation Department
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
6116 Executive Boulevard Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
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.
The University of South Alabama Department of Occupational Therapy graduates have
consistently performed above the national average on the NBCOT Exam.
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University of South Alabama
Dept. of Occupational Therapy
Graduation Rate Information
Professional Component Format
(7 semesters) - includes the full-time Level II Fieldwork