The Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee selects students for admission after they have met the general Tuskegee University requirements for admission to the Graduate Program. Tuskegee University offers a 3+2 program. For students beginning as freshmen, 3 years of undergraduate course work is required and 2 years of graduate work. Prior to the end of their third year, students must make application to the graduate phase of the program. Admission is not automatic. Applicants may start as a freshman or sophomore at Tuskegee University or come as a transfer student with a maximum of 80 hours of allowable, undergraduate transfer credit from an accredited college or university. Students transferring to the program with a Bachelor's degree will be exempt from the university's orientation, physical education, and English Proficiency Exam requirements.

 All students must meet the following criteria to gain admission to the Master of Science program in occupational therapy.

1. Completion of pre-requisite (undergraduate) course work


Semester Hours

Orientation (without Bachelors degree)     


Physical Education      


English Composition   


Math (College Algebra and Trigonometry I or higher)      


Biology with lab (general, cell and genetic, anatomy            

and physiology)  


Psychology (introduction, developmental & abnormal)    


Elementary physics with lab 


General college chemistry with lab   


Introduction to sociology     


Public speaking 


Art (including 3 hours of art with studio or lab)   


Professional and technical writing (advanced English composition


Human gross anatomy and physiology (with dissection lab)  


Medical vocabulary


Health Care Systems  


Political Science or Business elective    


Computer Applications course        


General Electives (History: World Civilization)    


Medical Ethics


*Occupational Performance and Media and Labs  




 *Courses must be taken at Tuskegee University.  

* All admission policies are subject to review and approval by university administration.       (Revised 8/9/08)


 2.    A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on all course work attempted is a pre-requisite for admission to the 4th year or graduate phase. Students with a cumulative 2.7 grade average may be admitted as a conditional graduate student. If a student is accepted on a conditional basis, a minimum of nine hours of graduate course work must be completed during the first term of the graduate program with a minimum average of 3.0 for admission to full graduate status. 

3.  Demonstration of knowledge concerning yourself and the occupational therapy profession by submitting:

a.   An essay (2-3 paragraphs) detailing the reasons the applicant desires to become an occupational therapist (i.e. your philosophy, life goals, knowledge of the field, etc.). 

b.  An autobiographical sketch of approximately 250 words( describe birth history, early life, family members, schools attended, family life and other events that shaped you as a person). 

c.  Documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of first hand observation or work experience related to the practice of occupational therapy. This experience must be substantiated in writing by a registered/licensed occupational therapist.

 4. Three recommendations from persons acquainted with the applicant's ability to be successful in a graduate program. One recommendation must be completed by a community leader and two from members of the academic community. This information should be submitted on the required forms located in the admissions package.

5.  A personal interview with the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee and a minimum score of 70% on the interview (average of at least two evaluators). Applicants must interview on site in the department's designated areas unless prior approval has been obtained for another type or location of interview.

6.   Submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) from the aptitude portions of the test (verbal and quantitative) of 540 and above is required prior to admission. Applicants doing pre-professional work at Tuskegee University will be required to report GRE scores during the third year of course work and prior to applying to the professional (or graduate) phase. Students transferring into the graduate phase of the program should submit GRE scores (not older than 5 years) as a part of their application materials.

7.   Preference for admission will be given to applicants who have completed all prerequisite courses by the end of the summer session prior to their admission to the graduate program.  The graduate program begins only in the Fall semester of every year.

8.  Applications for the graduate program should be submitted by January 15 of the year in which you plan to enter the program.

The Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee will consider several factors in making its decision for admission of a student. Criteria such as cumulative grade point average, prior experiences, recommendations, personal interviews, HOBET and GRE scores will be considered as part of the Committee's decision to accept a student for the graduate program of study.


After applying to the occupational therapy program the student will be notified of their acceptance status. If the student is not presently enrolled at Tuskegee University, he or she will be asked to submit a non-refundable application fee to the university.


To obtain the appropriate forms, prospective students should write to:

Occupational Therapy Program Director

School of Nursing and Allied Health

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee Inst., AL 36088 

The student should also apply for admission to Tuskegee University. An application may be obtained on-line at or from:

Admissions Office

Margaret Murray Washington Building

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee Inst., AL 36088

 An official transcript from all colleges and universities attended should also be sent to the above address. Each transcript should bear the signature of the registrar, the seal of the granting institution, the years of attendance, courses taken, grades received, and the degree, diploma, or certificate conferred (if applicable). 

RETENTION IN PROGRAM*                                           

  1. The grading scale for all graduate level courses in occupational therapy graduate/professional curriculum is as follows: 

Credit courses:                Non-credit courses:

A = 90-100                        S - satisfactory or P (Pass)

B = 80-89                          U - unsatisfactory or F (Fail)

C = 70-79                          I   - incomplete

D = 60-69

E =   0-59 


Retention in program continued*:

No grade below "C" will be accepted for graduate credit. However, grades on all courses carrying graduate credit will be used in determining the overall grade point average.  (Please note that this includes PSYC 306). A graduate student (4th and 5th years) must maintain a "B" average (3.0) in all course work included in the program of study outlined for the degree, with no more than six semester hours of "C" grades. Undergraduates (1st, 2nd and 3rd year students) must complete prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher (See # 2 under admissions policy in this document).

* Graduate retention policies are regulated by Tuskegee University. See the Graduate Programs Bulletin (2008-2010) for reference and further details.

 2.  Grades of "D" are not acceptable. If a student makes a "D" in any course work in the program of study, then the student's graduate status is forfeited. When a student's record falls below 3.0, probation becomes automatic. Notification by the Registrar's office to the Dean of Graduate Programs will designate the student as probationary and the College Dean will be informed immediately. The College Dean will then inform the student, the department chairperson, and the student's advisor.

3.   The probationary student will have until the end of the next session in which they are enrolled, to improve the cumulative grade point average to 3.0 or above. If the cumulative grade point average does not equal or exceed 3.0 at the end of this session, the student's graduate status will be forfeited and the student will no longer be permitted to pursue a graduate degree at Tuskegee University.

4.   A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 after a previous probationary period shall forfeit graduate status, and will be dismissed from the program. The dismissed student will be allowed to withdraw from the current session in which he or she is enrolled. Students, who have been dismissed from the Graduate program, may enroll as a non-degree student. However, credits earned in this category may not be subsequently applied toward a degree at Tuskegee University. In addition, the student will not be considered for readmission to any other Graduate Program at Tuskegee University.

5.   Student Ethical Standards as printed in the Occupational Therapy Graduate Handbook are binding in academic as well as clinical settings. Students must adhere to all of these standards. These standards are guidelines for professional and ethical behavior expected of all students enrolled in occupational therapy courses. Students in violation of any of the ethical standards may be dismissed from the program. A copy of these standards will be made available to all students enrolled in the occupational therapy program and will be found in the Occupational Therapy Graduate Handbook. 


The occupational therapy graduate program requires a student to be in residence two academic years as a regular graduate student and the satisfactory completion of 68 hours of graduate courses for credit to complete requirements for a professional master's degree in occupational therapy.


Admission to the graduate program in occupational therapy does not automatically qualify a student as a candidate for the master's degree. The request for admission to candidacy should be filed by the student with the assistance of the major professor after the completion of the 4th year of course work or thirty (36) semester hours of graduate credit and in accordance with the dates published in the University Calendar.

To achieve candidacy, the student must:

  1. Satisfy all requirements for matriculation as a graduate student
  2. Possess a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.00 (The grade point average is computed for all graduate courses taken while enrolled at the University–whether the courses are in the student's current curriculum or not.)
  3. Submit the following information with 6 signed originals and 4 copies on the appropriate application form and through the major professor and College Dean to the Dean of Graduate Programs:
    • A complete list of all graduate courses (with grades) completed in residence at Tuskegee University.
    • A copy of the official transcript.
    • A list of courses that satisfies the course requirements for the degree.
    • Approval by the major professor of courses selected, and place of research project.
  4. Present scores on the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
  5. Satisfy any additional requirements which may be specified by the college, department or both.
  6. Obtain approval of admission to candidacy by the College Dean and the Dean of Graduate Programs.

Students who have received "C" grades or less in more than 6 semester credit hours of graduate work will not be admitted to candidacy. A student who has been admitted to candidacy and who subsequently has received grades of "C" or less in more than six semester hours of graduate work will forfeit candidacy and will not receive the Master's degree.

All applications for candidacy should follow the standard procedures as described in the Tuskegee University Graduate Handbook for Academic Regulations and Procedures except the thesis requiremen.


1.  After graduation, the occupational therapy major is required to complete six (6) months of full-time fieldwork in occupational therapy within 24 months of graduation, before they are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification exam or attain state licensure.

2.  These level II fieldwork experiences are arranged after the payment of continuous registration fee for each placement. No academic credit will be received. The graduate intern will receive a pass (P), fail (F), or I (incomplete) grade which will be recorded on their transcript.

3.  Graduates must receive a passing score on the "Fieldwork Performance Report" for Level II fieldwork in order to receive approval from the Program Director to take the NBCOT certification examination. A failing or incomplete grade posted on the intern's transcript will not allow the intern to sit for the NBCOT examination.

4.  All graduates will be required to participate in a structured review session in preparation for the NBCOT exam as a part of their grading in Fieldwork II courses.

5.  All fieldwork must be scheduled within 24 months after graduation. All interns must be enrolled in student professional liability insurance, health insurance and provide evidence of a background check.

6.   For more information contact:

AOTA                                                                                    NBCOT

4720 Montgomery Lane                                                     12 South Summit Ave.,

P.O. Box 31220                                                                      Suite 100, Gaithersburg,

Bethesda, MD 20824-1220                                                  MD 20877-4150                                                     



1. A student working for the Master of Science degree is required to pass the regular final examination in all courses for which he or she is enrolled and must receive grades in accordance with the regulations of Tuskegee University.

2.  Each candidate for the Master of Science degree in occupational therapy must complete a detailed research project and pass a computerized, comprehensive examination in occupational therapy. In addition, an oral examination may be required by the Comprehensive Examination Committee. Students will be required to pass with a minimum score of 74% on the comprehensive examination in order to become eligible for graduation.

3. A committee of three faculty members appointed by the program director will compile, administer, and compute the examination results. 

4.A student who does not pass the comprehensive examination the first time may take the exam two additional times. Students, who are unable to obtain the minimum passing score after three administrations of the examination, will be allowed to take the examination two additional times in later academic periods.

5.The earliest period of a subsequent examination will be the next consecutive academic session. The student may only take the examination during an academic period. The examination must be passed within a period of two years from the date of candidacy.