Occupational Therapy

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Early Assurance Program in Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy has a 27 month, 69-75 semester hour Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. This program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. It begins in the fall semester each year with 5 continuous semesters of on-campus coursework followed by 2 semesters of clinical fieldwork placements (two 12-week rotations). Prior to graduation, all students must successfully completed the required courses and fieldwork in occupational therapy and successfully complete either a master’s research thesis or master’s research project. This research is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and is presented formally in capstone research forum. Graduates of the MSOT program are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. For more information on the degree program, please visit the departmental website.

Students who accept a position in the Early Assurance Program must maintain certain academic standards and participate in various activities to remain eligible for their guaranteed seats in the entering class. These requirements include:

  • earning a minimum GPA (both overall and prerequisites) of 3.5
  • remaining eligible for the Honors College
  • completing all occupational therapy prerequisites prior to beginning the occupational therapy program
  • completing an undergraduate degree prior to beginning occupational therapy program
  • successfully complete OCCT 3000 Exploring Occupational Therapy (3 cr) with at least an A-
  • participate for at least 2 years in ECU’s Pre-Occupational Therapy Student Association (P-OTSA)
  • complete at least one enrichment or service activity each academic year of undergraduate study
  • abide by the ECU Student Code of Conduct

Students in the Early Assurance Program who remain eligible and interested will complete an application to the Occupational Therapy Program through the ECU Graduate School early in the fall semester of their final year of undergraduate work. They will then receive a letter of acceptance, which will enable them to enter the occupational therapy program ECU in the fall semester following graduation.

Honors College

101 Mamie Jenkins Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Department of Occupational Therapy

Rebecca Snoad (252.744.6200) - Department Admissions
Dr. Leonard Trujillo, Chair and Dr. Denise Donica, Graduate Program Director - Department Administration

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