The Occupational Therapy Program was established in 1978 as a baccalaureate program and celebrated 25 years of providing career opportunities to Tuskegee University’s students, April 8-9, 2005. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 6116 Executive Boulevard Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852–4929; Tel: (301) 652-2682. Graduates of program are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
The admission process for the Master’s of Science Program was initiated Fall Semester 2002. Tuskegee University offers a 3 + 2 program. For students entering as freshmen, 3 years of undergraduate course work is required and 2 years of graduate course work. Prior to the end of their third year, students must make application to the graduate phase of the program. The pre-professional phase of undergraduate program is designed to develop the knowledge base necessary for entry into the graduate or professional program. Successful completion of the graduate phase of the program will lead to a professional, entry level Master of Science degree in occupational therapy.
Applicants may start as an advanced undergraduate, 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, reading, physical education, and English Proficiency Exam requirements.
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Program (formerly Medical Technology) was initiated in 1978 by Tuskegee University, College of Arts and Sciences, with generous support from the then Tuskegee Veterans Administration Medical Center, currently, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Systems. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program received its first accreditation in 1980 and maintains current accreditation.
The Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program encompasses the freshman and sophomore years and prepares the student to meet the necessary prerequisite courses for the program. The maximum number of students accepted for each class is 10. Completion of all prerequisite courses does not guarantee students admission to the professional phase of the program. Students who do not gain admission to the professional phase of the program will have an opportunity to complete baccalaureate degree requirements in a related major.