When you explore a career in occupational therapy (OT) you are embarking on a career dedicated to medically assisting patients with mental, physical, and social disabilities that prohibit them from performing day-to-day tasks. Since these issues can stem from birth, accidents, aging, and illness, the range of patients vary from infant to elderly. All OT and OTA licensing — and licensee verification — for the state of Alabama is facilitated through the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy (ASBOT). In order to become a licensed occupational therapist in Alabama you must do the following:
- Obtain a bachelor’s (or higher) degree in an accredited occupational therapy program. Accreditation in Alabama is overseen by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE);
- Present proof of 24 weeks of fieldwork under the direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist in Alabama;
- Pass a criminal background check;
- Take and pass the National Board of Occupational Therapist examination;
- Complete the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy license application.
All paperwork, $140 license fee, proof of experience, and academic transcripts should be sent to:
Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy
P.O. Box 304510
Montgomery, AL 36130-4510
If any additional problems arise, or if you have questions, reach out at:
Phone: (333) 353-4466
Online contact form
The average salary in 2018 for an occupational therapist in Alabama was $86,709, just a tad higher than the national occupational therapist wages for the period studied. In comparison to surrounding states, this wage is higher than those of Missouri occupational therapists and significantly higher Tennessee occupational therapists. The job outlook for occupational therapists is expected to grow 18% in the next ten years, which is much faster than other occupations.
Future OTs and OTAs should attend an accredited school program. The importance of accreditation is to recognize and validate a program or institution that meets — or goes beyond — the minimum standards of quality. Accredited programs help create parallel standards to follow in order to ensure a high standard of education. In Alabama, there are four accredited occupational therapy programs.
Accredited Occupational Therapy Programs in Birmingham
Located in Jefferson County, Birmingham, AL has the largest population of any city in Alabama at just over 200,000 people. It is located in the central part of the state. The average weather in Birmingham consists of long summers, short winters, and partial cloud cover year-round. There is one accredited occupational therapy program in Birmingham.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Program: Master’s in Occupational Therapy
City: Birmingham, Alabama
Contact: (205) 934-4011
Requirements: Admissions Requirements
Accredited Occupational Therapy Programs in Montgomery
Montgomery, Alabama is a historical city for the civil rights movement, home to landmark locations such as the Civil Rights Memorial, various museums, and even one of the churches that Martin Luther King Jr. preached at. Montgomery weather generally consists of short wet and cold seasons, with long periods of hot, muggy weather. There is one accredited occupational therapy program in the city of Montgomery.
Alabama State University
Accredited Occupational Therapy Programs in Tuskegee
Tuskegee is a smaller city of just under 9,000 people that is located in Macon County, Alabama. Tuskegee weather is similar to the weather in the rest of the state with long hot summers and short brisk winters. There is one accredited occupational therapy program in Tuskegee.
Accredited Occupational Therapy Programs in Mobile
Located on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Mobile, Alabama is a port city that has strong military ties. Mobile weather tends to include hot, oppressive summers with short, wet winters. There is one accredited occupational therapy program in Mobile.
University of South Alabama
Accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs in Alabama
Some choose to become occupational therapy assistants as a step towards becoming an occupational therapist, and some choose this as their primary career path. The occupational therapy program takes about two years of formal schooling and varying hours of fieldwork. In Alabama, there is one accredited occupational therapy assistant program and it is in Hanceville.