Occupational Therapy
Division of Occupational Therapy

The mission of the Division of Occupational Therapy program is to recognize that the program promotes meaningful participation in all occupations and activities. Human populations are diverse. Admissions are open and encourage cultural diversity for the student population and to meet the needs of the community, including primary care and underserved communities. Research and evidence-based practice are promoted for knowledge acquisition and retention. The program will produce competent and critically thinking therapists. The program values integrity, ethical behavior, respect for all people and accountability.


Philosophy of the Division

We believe that humans are complex and active beings whose development is dependent upon participation in occupations. This participation is context dependent and involves the whole person. Humans continually adapt as they grow. When this adaptation process is interrupted, occupational therapy utilizes occupation to facilitate change and renewal. The Division of Occupational Therapy believes that occupational therapy is client-centered and occupation based. It is the role of the occupational therapy educators to promote the use of occupation to assist strength, fitness and wellbeing, growth, change, and adaptation to encourage full participation in meaningful occupation that culminates in general safety, security and appropriate quality of life. Occupational therapy is science driven and based upon evidence. Occupations will be utilized to prevent, habilitate, and rehabilitate, through the intervention planning process to allow maximum participation in occupations.
We believe students should develop a solid base of knowledge that facilitates critical thinking, clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills, all of which are essential to transition from student to competent occupational therapy practitioner. Recognizing that all interventions must be focused on client priorities, we emphasize client-centered evaluation and intervention. We believe that human beings grow and develop through occupation to participate fully in life. Participation in occupations is critical to a sense of well being and health.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with an educational experience which focuses on continuous critical thinking in order that occupational therapy students be well prepared to function and thrive in the ever changing contexts and environments of a diverse and multicultural society. This process acknowledges that skills must be achieved and maintained through research in a self-directed independent manner; foundational knowledge is best retained and applied when learned in a meaningful context of occupations. Graduate education must respect the uniqueness of individuals and honor a variety of perspectives, backgrounds and learning styles that enhance the richness of the graduate experience.

How the Program Philosophy Reflects the Current Philosophy of the Profession

The program philosophy has been revised, with input from the program faculty, to more explicitly reflect the current philosophy of the occupational therapy profession. The program faculty believes that the core philosophy of the profession includes the concepts that occupational therapy is occupation based, evidence-based, client-centered, and addresses health and well-being. The revised philosophy of the program explicitly includes these concepts as evidenced by the use of practical opportunities to screen and assess e clients during University Health Fairs and through learning activities with children. The division utilizes such activities as observation, evaluation, splint making
opportunities and group projects to disseminate Occupational Therapy information. Community events, such as the Forget Me Not Walk assists to meet the needs of a diverse and multicultural society. Our program embodies these concepts as reflected in the revised philosophy.


Occupational therapy is a health profession that promotes life-long health and well-being of individuals, groups and communities through engagement in occupation. The primary objective embodied within the concept of “occupation” is the practitioner’s use of activities meaningful to the client within their own particular environment. Hence, occupational therapy services are provided within the contexts of activities of daily living, education, work, play, leisure and social participation. Practitioners provide services to individuals to increase their daily function, enhance/support health and development and prevent disability through promotion of effective performance skills within environments and using tasks adapted to meet their individualized abilities and needs.

Practitioners work with persons of all ages and cultural backgrounds whose independence has been impacted by physical and/or mental injury or illness, developmental or learning disabilities, or adverse environmental conditions. Occupational therapy services are provided in a variety of settings including general and psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centers, intermediate care facilities, nursing homes, individual’s homes, school systems, community centers and agencies, and private practice. Occupational therapists function as clinicians, educators, consultants, researchers and administrators. Services to individuals, families and communities include: evaluation and treatment planning and implementation; assessment of home, work and community environments; training in the use of adaptive equipment; community needs assessment and program planning; and referral to appropriate follow-up services.

History of OT at FAMU

The Division of Occupational Therapy, one of the five Divisions within the School of Allied Health Sciences, was established in 1989. The State of Florida, in its’ 1988-1993 strategic plan, identified as one of its critical problems in the rapidly growing State of Florida the need for an increased number of allied health practitioners. The Division, consistent with the mission of the University and the State of Florida, has conferred more than 200 baccalaureate degrees in occupational therapy. The last class of undergraduate students received their baccalaureate degrees in 2006. The Division has now transitioned to an entry-level master’s degree program from which the first student graduated in 2007.


Bachelor of Science

Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration
This concentration is recommended for students interested in majoring in Occupational Therapy at the graduate level. Successful completion of the health science degree is only one criteria for entry into the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Please see MSOT program for additional criteria.
The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) for Health Science Concentration in Occupational Therapy degree program.

    Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration Curriculum.
Master of Science
Master of Science Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Application Procedures

*Criminal Background Checks Mandatory Post Admission; Evidence of certain criminal offenses and/or providing false information may result in inability to matriculate through the program or sit for your national board exam.

" This date has been extended to March 31, 2021"

Prerequisites for Admission to Graduate Program

1.  General biology and lab
2.  Human growth and development or lifespan class
3.  Fundamentals of chemistry
4.  College physics and lab or kinesiology
5.  Anatomy and physiology I and II
6.  Introduction to psychology
7.  Abnormal psychology
8.  Research
Upload application process to Occupational Therapy Program Here.
 Upload MSOT Student Handbook Here.
Upload Occupational Therapy Curriculum Here.

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) 
The Student Occupational Therapy Association is a dynamic and fun way to meet with other students in occupational therapy and to be associated with the American Occupational Therapy Association.  Members participate in fund raising activities and charity events, and network with other students across the country at state and national conferences.  To join one must be a junior or senior in the health science: Pre-Occupational Therapy major with a minimum grade point average of 2.5, or be an MSOT student. 

Why become a member?  Being part of an organization like SOTA starts you on a lifelong commitment to your profession.  It allows you to stay updated in current practices and policies in the profession and is a wonderful way to participate in activities important to occupational therapists and the people we serve.  As a member, you can also become involved in community events and represent the field of occupational therapy and Florida A&M University.  

Pi Theta Epsilon
FAMU hosts the Beta Mu chapter of this national honor society for occupational therapy.  Graduate students who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or above are qualified to be inducted into this honorary organization, the purpose of which is to promote research and scholarship among occupational therapy students.

Our alumni are important to us! Your involvement in our mission to develop occupational therapy leaders of tomorrow is critical to our continued success.   Your efforts make a difference and strengthen our university, our division and our profession.  Florida A&M alumni help promote possibilities for those we serve.  We welcome your participation in whatever ways are most meaningful to you:  as a returning student, as a volunteer guest lecturer, as a fieldwork educator, or as a financial contributor.  We hope that you will stay connected to us, and look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.  


The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of The American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200,
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: (301) 652-2682

800 South Frederick Ave., Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(302) 990-7979

NBCOT Link: New graduate & pass rate data

Florida Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
2020 Capital Circle SE, BIN #C05
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3255
(850) 487-2098

Florida Occupational Therapy Association
P. O. Box 5606
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3310
(954) 840-FOTA (3682)

American Occupational Therapy Foundation

World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Total Credit Hours: 81 credit hours, including 2 years of academic coursework and 6 months of fieldwork.

Graduation Retention
Graduation Year Student Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2018 25/26 96%
2019 25/25 100%
2020 18/18 100%


Cost of Attendance

Current Cost

MSOT Fall Semester 1
FL Resident
MSOT Spring Semester 1
FL Resident
MSOT Summer Semester 1
FL Resident
MSOT Academic Year
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Total Cost of Program (2years ½ years)

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Student Fees **






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•    * Students may apply for Florida residency after one year. Must have appropriate documentation to claim residency.
•    **Additional nonresident fees equals $1,022.04 per credit hour.

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