Offering Master’s and Doctorate degrees

Become an occupational therapist to help people in your community not only recover, but learn to enjoy life again. Brenau offers several occupational therapy degree routes — master’s and entry-level doctorate — so you can pursue the best path for you. Both the master’s and entry-level options offer local clinical experiences and are available to students with any type of bachelor’s degree. To view tuition costs for Brenau’s occupational therapy degree programs, visit the OT tuition information page.

Learn more about us

Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy offers lots of ways to see if Brenau OT is right for you.

  • virtual info sessions from 5:30-7 p.m., on the first Tuesday of each month.
  • Open houses and signing days in both Norcross and our Gainesville East campuses
  • Contact us directly

Why Choose Brenau OT?

  • Learn from experienced faculty and staff who know what it takes to be an effective OT
  • Help underserved populations as early as your first semester through your own fieldwork and Brenau’s Center for Productive Living
  • Have opportunities to serve clients in and outside the state of Georgia
  • Gain personalized support in a small classroom setting
  • Hone your skills in state-of-the-art labs and facilities

Alumni spotlight

Choose the Best Path for You

  • Ivester College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy

    Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate

    Doctoral / OTD
  • Ivester College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy

    Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

    Graduate / MSOT
Kellsey Kloker
I love that they set up our fieldwork for us. I know a lot of OT schools don’t do that. And, they try to get really good sites where the teachers are really going to teach you. All of my clinical instructors have been phenomenal. I love all of them. They’re super supportive.
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Yunus Ayodeji graduation photo
I’ve always wanted to do something where I could help people, and occupational therapy is perfect for that. I liked how small the classes were and being able to connect with the professors. I feel like it was easier compared to going to a bigger college. We had a good team, and it just made it easier being able to know everyone in the class.
Logan Carr
A lot of employers think highly of Brenau grads, especially with the Occupational Therapy program. Brenau is a good connection to get a lot of good job opportunities. I think it’s a good way to also network.
Jodeci Snow
Brenau is my second home, especially since I’m not in Indiana, which is where I’m from. Earning a degree from Brenau will give me an opportunity to master the content, change the world, for minorities in particular, and it will also give me the opportunity to teach.

Serving the Community

Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy understands the importance of not only gaining hands-on experience in the classroom, but in the community. Our students collaborate with local organizations, building both their skills in the real world while also making a difference.

  • Champions Place
  • Georgia RSVP
  • Good News Clinics
  • Aim to BE 3
  • Brightstone Transitions
  • Rebuilding Together Atlanta
  • Circle of Friends
  • Myrtle Terraces
  • Annandale Village
  • The Next Stop
  • SawDust OT
  • Refugee Women’s Network

Our Mission

Occupational therapy is a health profession committed to helping people return to valued activities that offer meaning and purpose. Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy prepares graduate students to become occupational therapists who excel in practice, inquiry and advocacy. Building on and continuing the values of liberal education, students are guided to become excellent practitioners in diverse settings; improve the profession by engaging in practice scholarship; and provide leadership and advocacy, ranging from local to international levels. In conjunction with its educational mission, the School of Occupational Therapy engages with the larger professional and client community to encourage high quality services and to advocate for the health and participation of people, organizations and populations.

Our Faculty & Staff

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Nancy Fowler
OT Admissions Counselor


The Brenau School of Occupational Therapy entry-level master’s degree programs at the Gainesville and North Atlanta/Norcross campuses are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o of AOTA is (301) 652 AOTA and its Web address is Information about the MSOT program graduates’ performance on the national certification examination for the occupational therapist (administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, NBCOT) can be found here:

The Brenau University entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Pre-Accreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is The first cohort began classes in August 2020. The program must now complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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).

In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Brenau University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance (online) education, and it provides Brenau University approval to offer its distance education programs in other NC-SARA states, found at states-institutions.