Occupational Therapy

Felecia BanksWelcome to the exciting profession of occupational therapy. The Howard University Occupational Therapy program offers an accredited program leading to a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy (MSOT). Student in our program are exposed to cutting edge research and practice in the field of occupational therapy.

Unique to the Howard University Occupational Therapy program is a commitment to serving diverse and underserved populations, where access to quality health care has been restricted or denied. The Occupational Therapy program at Howard attracts students with high academic potential from across the United States and all over the world adding to Howard's rich history of diversity among its student body. The program has enrolled students from all four continents, including locations such as Peru, Poland, Bermuda, Africa and India.

Our distinguished faculty is committed to helping you achieve your goals, as we look forward to preparing leaders in health care. As part of the Howard University family, the Occupational Therapy program embraces the core values of Excellence in Leadership, Research, and Service.

As you navigate your higher education life’s path, your success will depend on your willingness to commit to do your very BEST! The Occupational Therapy Department at Howard University will provide you with a “family-like” atmosphere, and a wealth of opportunities in the nation’s capital to help you achieve your goals. For further information about our program, please contact the main office at 202-806-7614. Welcome to the world of OT!

What Is Occupational Therapy?

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Please select an area of interest below to learn how occupational therapy can help you or a loved one to live life to its fullest!


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 

Board Passage Rates: program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.