Occupational Therapy, MS

After graduating from UAH, the average curriculum of a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree takes approximately 3 years.

Occupational Therapy, OTD

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree takes approximately 3 years to complete. Prospective occupational therapists must pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become licensed practitioners.


Medical Schools in Alabama

Recommended Course & GPA Requirements

At UAH, we can help you become a competitive applicant for your future professional school. These courses support required and suggested coursework for Alabama schools. The combination of courses are guidelines. Specific requirements may vary among schools.

Entrance Exam


The GRE is the required entrance exam for OT school, which tests on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

  • Verbal: Evaluation of written work, analysis of information obtained, and relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative: Measures problem-solving skills; focuses on arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Writing: Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills; Ability to articulate and support complex ideas effectively.
Testing Centers & Preparation

The GRE is offered multiple times during the year.

The strongest way to increase your score is to take practice tests. In between each test, assess strengths and weaknesses, focus on improving weaknesses, and re-assess with another practice test.


Visit the GRE website and make an appointment with your Pre-Health Professions advisor for preparation recommendations.

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Timing and Organization

Take the exam when ready. Most students do so in the Spring semester of the year they are planning to apply to professional school.

Outside the Classroom


Health Care Experience

What better way to make sure you want to be in healthcare than by shadowing? Gain experience and possible references. Shadowing will go a long way in, not only making you a mature applicant, but making sure others see you as prepared.

Keep a Journal

Use a journal to record thoughts on your experiences. Activities come to life with reflection. Topics to consider writing about may include: Why one chose their profession, shadowing, or volunteering. This journal may be helpful when writing your personal statement.

Community Service and Volunteering

Working in healthcare means having a heart of service. This means wanting to give back to the community. Find something enjoyable and go forth!


Research experience can provide you with opportunities to work with faculty, learn skills beyond the classroom, use research methods, and engage in critical analysis. Research allows a better understanding between theory and practice using innovative and creative thinking.