Occupational Therapy

Howard University’s OT program is Ranked Among the Top 100 Best Occupational Therapy Program’s in the Nation According to U.S. News & World Report

Congrats to our Graduates!

See the white coat ceremony of the MSOT program below.

Mission Statement

The Howard University Occupational Therapy faculty is committed to teaching, research, and community service directed toward the reduction of barriers that prevent individuals from achieving a mastery of occupation. The faculty is dedicated to addressing emerging health and health-related needs of blacks and underserved populations by promoting the role of occupation in the solution to human and social problems in local, national, and international communities.

About Us

The Howard University Occupational Therapy Program is proud to offer an Entry-Level Occupational Therapy program leading to a Doctor of Occupational of Therapy (OTD) and Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD). The Department is uniquely privileged to be among the few providers of entry-level occupational therapy graduates in the Nation’s capital. The program has a rich history of excellence in leadership, graduating highly sought-after therapists, and developing national and international health professionals.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across their lifespan participate in everyday activities that they want or need to do related to their occupation. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping people recover from injury to regain skills, helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Academic Policies

The academic policies in the Department of Occupational Therapy adhere to the guidelines and procedures outlined in the Division of Allied Health Sciences Admissions, Retention and Graduation Policies and the Occupational Therapy Graduate Retention and Graduation Policy*. Specifically:

  • Minimum grade in any course taken at accredited institutions to be considered for advanced standing is “C”
  • Minimum semester and cumulative GPA required for a good standing in the program is 3.0

*All students will receive a copy. Students are expected to read this document and understand the academic expectations for continuance in an academic program.

Statement on Felony Convictions

A felony conviction must be disclosed and may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy  (NBCOT, Inc.) exam, as well as the ability to attain state licensure.

OT International Study Abroad Programs

The OT program at Howard has a robust international program with unique fieldwork and study abroad experiences in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Ghana where students examine issues of occupational and social justice and participate in service-learning projects.  Students have also traveled to Haiti for international service-learning projects.


OT International Studies in South Africa

Students in Ghana

Students in Costa Rica


The Howard University Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  

6116 Executive Boulevard
Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-AOTA or (301) 652-2682 

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for   Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 


To learn about our admissions process and apply to our program, please visit the Occupational Therapy program page.