About Us

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

About UsThe 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). 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.

Description of the Profession

About Us 2Occupational Therapy is the study of human behavior and performance in the everyday pursuit of human occupations. The term “Occupation” refers to meaningful activity that engages a person’s resources of time and energy, including cognitive and physical abilities, as persons perform in their daily life roles. Occupational Therapists are employed at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient care centers, school settings, community care facilities, and government agencies; and primarily focus on providing treatment to improve independence in everyday life to individuals who might be faced with disease, illness, or injury.

Professional Certification

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is the independent national credentialing agency that certifies eligible persons as Occupational Therapists, Registered (OTR's). NBCOT, formally known as American Occupational Therapy Certification Board (AOTCB, until 1996) is not affiliated with the American Occupational Therapy Association. Upon successful completion of all academic and level II fieldwork, the graduate must be verified as eligible to sit for the certification examination. After successful completion of the examination, the graduate will be recognized as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states, including Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually issued on the basis of NBCOT certification and verification that all academic and fieldwork requirements have been successfully completed from an accredited occupational therapy program. A felony conviction must be disclosed and may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT exam or attain state licensure.


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).

The next accreditation self study and onsite visit are scheduled in 2025/2026.

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652- AOTA or (301) 652-2682