Division of Occupational Therapy


Ranked Occupational Therapy Program by U.S. News & World Report


Faculty Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association

The MUSC Division of Occupational Therapy is among the nation's finest, ranked in the top 10% of occupational therapy programs by US News and World Report. In May 2019, the MS in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) began transitioning to an Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. The last MSOT class graduated in Fall 2020. 

The division now offers both an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (ELOTD) and a post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (PPOTD). The ELOTD is a full-time, year-round program that begins in May each year. The three-year program culminates with an individualized capstone project. The PPOTD is part-time, online/hybrid program designed for experienced occupational therapists who desire to advance their careers.

CARES Therapy Clinic

Occupational therapy student helping a patient while a supervisor looks on.

The student-run CARES Therapy Clinic provides a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on, service-learning experience while providing pro-bono occupational therapy services to patients the Charleston area.

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ACOTE logo 2023The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

NBC OT new logoGraduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). NBCOT Exam Data is available for the ELOTD Class of 2022, our first graduating class. Passing the NBCOT Certification Examination is necessary, but each state may have additional requirements for state licensure. You can find information about state licensure here. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.