Department of Occupational Therapy

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"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."

 USA Dept of
Occupational Therapy
Open House Events

 Fri., Jun 17, 2016

Students interested in the Occupational Therapy master's degree program are invited to tour the department and meet some of the faculty and current students.
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About the Department of Occupational Therapy

Patient using adaptive eating utensil. 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 300 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 health care 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
  • 94 semester hours of professional course work
  • Advanced undergraduate applicants may be able to complete the program in 6 years from entry to college
  • 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


Accredited by:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
of the American Occupational Therapy Association

ACOTE Address:
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA


The University of South Alabama Department of Occupational Therapy graduates have consistently performed above the national average on the NBCOT Exam.
Follow this link to see our latest statistics

University of South Alabama
Dept. of Occupational Therapy
Graduation Rate Information
2013 29/30 96%
2014 25/25 100%
2015 30/30 100%
Total 84/85 98.82%


Professional Component Format

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

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