Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy | Graduate

The Howard University Occupational Therapy program is proud to offer an accredited Occupational Therapy program leading to a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) 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.

The entry-level Master of Science degree consists of research, theory, and concentrated didactic coursework; a thesis or non-thesis scholarly project; and a six-month fieldwork as requirements for graduation. Upon successful completion of 77 credit hours, including all didactic and fieldwork experiences, candidates can sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) in order to become an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). This designation is necessary to practice as an occupational therapist. The timeframe for completion of the entry-level program is 2.5 years, which includes all didactic coursework, examinations, thesis or non-thesis requirements and fieldwork experiences. Students are required to complete all didactic coursework before beginning their fieldwork experience. For more information about our department, see Howard University Department of Occupational Therapy 

The entry-level Master of Science curriculum is designed to reflect graduate level demands in content, educational outcomes, and experiences. The curriculum follows a developmental progression where the organization of the learning experiences build on knowledge gained and mastery of educational outcomes. Throughout the curriculum students are exposed to five core themes:

  • Occupation and Human Performance

  • Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning

  • Diversity and the Underserved

  • Research and Scholarship

  • Professionalism and Leadership                         


The Howard University Occupational Therapy program is fully 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 next accreditation self-study and onsite visit are scheduled in 2025/2026.

Board Passage Rates: program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

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


Contact:  OTAdmissions@howard.edu                                   


All applicants must complete the following prerequisites prior to admission to the OT Entry-Level Master’s Program:

Entry-Level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)


 Developmental Psychology

 3 Credits

 Abnormal Psychology

 3 Credits

 Gross Anatomy

 4 Credits


 4 Credits


 3 Credits


 3 Credits


 3 Credits

 Medical Terminology

 2 Credits

 CPR Certificate


*Applicants must also verify computer literacy upon entering into the program. Any pending prerequisites must be complete upon entry to the program.

High school and undergraduate students wishing to enroll in the program must complete an undergraduate degree at an accredited university with required prerequisites. Students can pursue a BS degree in Health Sciences at Howard University and complete the prerequisites for entry to the Master of Science program. All students seeking a Masters degree (MSOT) must apply for graduate admissions consideration to the entry-level Master of Science program.

Application Process and Deadline

The Howard University Occupational Therapy program subscribes to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS. All applicants need to apply online using the OTCAS application. Our application deadline is Feburary 15th of each year. Applications received after the deadline will be considered subject to space availability in the entering class. To learn more about the OTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the OTCAS website at www.otcas.org. Once processed, the Admissions Committee looks forward to receiving your application.

Admission consideration may be granted to applicants who satisfy all admissions criteria. Criteria for admissions to the OT entry-level master's degree program includes:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college;
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Completion of required prerequisite courses;
  • Verification of 40 hours of volunteer experience in an Occupational Therapy setting;
  • Completion of the OTCAS Application and the Department Supplemental Application;
  • Participation in a personal interview
  • GRE Score (recent five years)

Howard OT program plans to transitioned to an entry-level doctorate of occupational therapy (OTD) effective 2021 and is seeking accreditation Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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).   

The current admissions information will be updated for entry-level OTD application by December 2020. Students interested in seeking an entry-level degree in occupational therapy can apply to the entry-level doctorate program once candidacy status is approved.  For more information, contact  OTAdmissions@howard.edu



Department of Occupational Therapy Master of Science Degree

Curriculum revised effective Fall 2013. Course number may be subjected to change. Course scheme: Total Credits (77 credit hours)

Fall Semester

Courses Credits
OCCG-760 Musculoskeletal Anatomy 4
OCCG-517 Health & Wellness 2
OCCG-521 OT Theory & Concepts 3
OCCG-523 Occupational Science 3
OCCG-316 Clinical Kinesiology 3
OCCG-518 Research Method in OT 2
Total Credit Hours 17

Spring Semester

Courses Credits
OCCG-513 Clinical Neuroscience 3
OCCG-514 Principles of Disease 3
OCCG-515 Life Participation & Aging 2
OCCG-516 Human Performance & Movement Analysis 2
OCCG-520  Pediatrics in OT 3
OCCG-532 Clinical Decision Making I 1
OCCG-544 Fieldwork Level I (Introductory) 1
Total Credit Hours 15

Fall Semester

Courses Credits
OCCG-530 Theories & Assessment in Mental Health 3
OCCG-531 Theories of Occupational Performance &
Assessment in Physical Dysfunctions
OCCG-539 Clinical Decision-making in OT II 1
OCCG-535 Independent Research Project I 1
OCCG-533 Analysis of Human Performance & Technology 3
OCCG-545 Fieldwork Level (intermediate) 1
OCCG-540 Theories of Human Performance & Interventions
in Pediatrics
Total Credit Hours 15

Spring Semester

Courses Credits
OCCG-538 Theories of Occupational Performance &
Intervention in Physical Dysfunctions
OCCG-537 Theories of Group Dynamics & Interventions
in Mental Health
OCCG-616 Professional Issues & Ethics in OT 2
OCCG-534 OT Administration & Management 2
OCCG-657 Evidence-Based Research 2
OCCG-618 Independent Research Project II 1
OCCG-666 Clinical Decision-making in OT III 1
OCCG-546  Fieldwork Level I (advanced) 1
Total Credit Hours 15

Summer Semester

Courses Credits
OCCG-541 Fieldwork II Experience 6
Total Credit Hours 6

Fall Semester

Courses Credits
OCCG-542  Fieldwork II Experience    6
OCCG-541 OT Senior Seminar 3
Total Credit Hours 9


Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

OTD Program Outline 




Dr. Felecia Banks

Department Chair

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: M.S., OTD
  • Program Frequency: Full-Time
  • Format: In Person