Occupational Therapy

The LSU Health Shreveport Master of Occupational Therapy degree program prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare system. Our record of 100% pass rate on the NBCOT board exam, successful fieldwork placement at prestigious sites all over the country and our above national average on knowledge exams demonstrates our commitment to student-centered instruction. 

The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-aota and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates of the program 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 graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of The NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

About the Profession

Role of an Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists 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,
  • Assisting people who are recovering from injury to regain skills, and
  • Providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

The Distinct Value of Occupational Therapy

Career and Practice Settings

Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb. In terms of work environment, about half of occupational therapists work in offices of occupational therapy or in hospitals. Others work in schools, nursing homes, and home health services.

Job Outlook

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: 

Quick Facts: Occupational Therapists

2018 Median Pay $84,270 per year 
$40.51 per hour
Number of Jobs, 2016 130,400
Job Outlook, 2016-26 24% (Much faster than average)




Persons interested in a career in Occupational Therapy may find the following web sites of interest:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
American Occupational Therapy Association


Get AHEAD this Summer!

The Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) program is a free, 5-day camp that will be held in June 2020 for Louisiana high school students interested in exploring the health career programs offered at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Professions.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Master's
Accreditation: ACOTE
Program length: 27 months
Class size: 26 students/year
Deadline to apply: Sept 15
Start term: Summer
Application: OTCAS




LSU Health Shreveport strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSU Health Shreveport is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.

Occupational Therapy