School of Occupational Therapy

You will help people do what matters most to them

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.

Meet some of our OT alumni and students

Kellsey Kloker

Kellsey Kloker

‘19 BA Health Science, ‘21 Master of Occupational Therapy

“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.”

Logan Carr

‘23 Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy

“They have a good reputation, and a lot of employers think highly of Brenau grads, especially with the Occupational Therapy program that we’re in right now. Brenau is a good connection that a lot of people have to get their education and get a lot of good job opportunities. I think it’s a good way to also network.”

Logan Carr
Jodeci Snow

Jodeci Snow

‘24 Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy

“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.”

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.

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

Serving the Community

  • 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
OT student making a splint

Choose the best path for You

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

On-ground option
Duration: 7 semesters
Start term: Fall
Location: Gainesville 

Hybrid weekend option
Duration: 9 semesters
Start term: Spring
Location: North Atlanta 

Entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Duration: 9 semesters
Start term: Fall
Class type: On-ground
Location: North Atlanta

Our Faculty and Staff

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Nancy Fowler

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.