We strive to advance occupational therapy as a leading profession in promoting health, productivity, and quality of life of individuals and society through the therapeutic application of occupation.
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program at Alabama State University is to serve the city of Montgomery, the state, the nation, and global community. The program is also designed for those students whose interests and aptitude carry them beyond routine classroom experiences.
The curriculum, through a logical and developmental sequence of learning and service, create an interdisciplinary environment that will prepare and graduate proficient entry-level therapists who demonstrate competency in evidence-based clinical practice in the profession of occupational therapy.
The American Occupational Therapy Association’s Vision 2025
Occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2016).
The Alabama State University Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Progression, Retention, Graduation, Certification, & Credentialing Requirements
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 graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
The Department of Occupational Therapy is one of several health science programs at Alabama State University. It is a seven-semester program (5 semesters didactic, 2 semesters fieldwork). The program is a full-time program that is run in a cohort style with 24 students per cohort.
Alabama State University offers the Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT).
What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?
Occupational therapists use everyday activities as a means of helping people to achieve independence. Some tasks performed by an occupational therapist are:
- Aid the growth and development of premature babies.
- Enhance learning environments for physically challenged school children.
- Adapt home environments for people dealing with the effects of a stroke, aging, heart disease or other long-term conditions.
- Assess geriatric clients and design activities to promote maximum functioning.
- Rehabilitate clients after injury or illness.
- Analyze job task requirements for an injured worker.
- Conduct research to measure the effectiveness of treatment activities.
Occupational Therapists Are Employed in a Variety of Settings
- Mental Health Centers
- Nursing Homes
- Rehabilitation Hospitals
- Public Schools
- Colleges and Universities
- Home Health Agencies
- General Hospitals
- Private Practice
- Developmental Centers
- Intro to Psychology (3 hours)
- Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
- Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
- Behavioral Science Elective (3 hours)
- Biology with lab (4 hours)
- Biology Elective with lab (4 hours)
- English/Writing/Literature (6 hours)
- College Algebra or above (3 hours)
- Intro to Physics with lab (4 hours)
- Intro to Statistics (3 hours)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 hours)
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