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College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

August 2013
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Requirements for Application

In order to be eligible for acceptance into East Carolina University's Master ofScience in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program, the following requirements must be met.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional association or evidence that a baccalaureate degree will be conferred before the start of the program in the fall.
  • Eighteen of the 25 required prerequisite credits must be completed by end of Fall Semester during the admissions timeframe.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from undergraduate work.
  • Satisfactory scores on the verbal and quantitative test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Scores should equal or exceed 300 (combined verbal and quantitative scores) with a higher score being more competitive).Analytical writing scores may be considered with a 4.0 suggested.
  • Acceptable TOEFL or TSL scores for non-English speaking foreign students.
  • Any student who has a felony conviction or record containing illegal, unethical, or incompetent behaviors may jeopardize his or her ability to complete fieldwork experiences and/or obtain certification or licensure to practice occupational therapy. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy offers an Early Determination review process to determine the effect of a student’s background on his/her ability to take the certification exam. The student is responsible for reporting such convictions to the occupational therapy department and for the effects that history might have on his/her education and professional development.

Admitted students last year had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.69 and average Prerequisite GPA of 3.77. Average GRE scores were 307 (verbal and quantitative) and 4.0 writing.

  • Prerequisites may be taken at any university or college. 18 of the 25 required prerequisite credits MUST be completed by the end of the Fall Semester during the admissions window. Therefore, updated transcripts will need to be submitted by the January deadline to reflect completion of these prerequisite courses. In addition, ALL prerequisites must be completed before you begin the program.
  • OCCT 3000 Exploring Occupational Therapy is not a required prerequisite, but it is strongly recommended. Successful applicants have indicated the course enhanced their application. It is offered online and/or in a face-to-face format.
  • Applicants may apply before completing all of the required prerequisites.
  • Students must receive B- or better to be considered passing these prerequisite credits.Competitive students submit applications with prerequisite grades much higher than the minimum.
 Prerequisites Semester Hours  Equivalent ECU
Course Numbers
*Human Anatomy with Lab (or Anatomy and Physiology I with lab) 4 BIOL 2140 and 2141
*Human Physiology with lab (or Anatomy and Physiology I with lab) 4 BIOL 2150 and 2151
*Statistics 3 MATH 2228 or BIOS 1500 or MATH 2283 or PSYC 2101
Developmental Psychology or other course with a focus on human development across the lifespan (cannot be a motor development course) 3 PSYC 3206
Abnormal Psychology 3 PSYC 3375
Reasoning course such as logic, ethics, or critical thinking 3 PHIL 1500 or PHIL 1175 or PHIL 1180 or PHIL 2275
Introduction to Sociology OR Introduction to Anthropology OR Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 SOCI 2110 or ANTH 1000 or ANTH 2200
Medical Terminology or demonstrate proficiency in medical terminology by passing an exam 1-3 HIMA 3000 or ATEP 2800
Exploring Occupational Therapy (recommended, not required) 3  OCCT 3000
 TOTAL  25  

*These courses must be completed within 5 years prior to beginning the MSOT program