About the Program

Our professional (entry-level) master's degree program was developed to meet the needs of therapists who will practice in a highly complex healthcare environment. Upon completion of our program, the graduate will have a master's of science degree in occupational therapy and will be prepared to work in diverse practice settings with a variety of people. Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination.

Background Information

The Occupational Therapy Program is part of the College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University.

The East Carolina University College of Allied Health Sciences was established in 1968 and now offers Bachelor's degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science, Health Services Management, Rehabilitation Services, and Speech and Hearing Sciences. Master's degrees are offered in Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Career Counseling, Health Informatics and Information Management, Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Physician Assistant Studies. Doctoral degrees are offered in Physical Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Audiology, and Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration.

The Department of Occupational Therapy graduated its first class in 1974. The Department's educational curriculum follows guidelines established by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and has been designed around the belief that professional level coursework must be based on a solid liberal arts general college background. The curriculum is also designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate classroom learning with clinical experience and therefore includes several supervised, practice-oriented, fieldwork courses. The program also values the cultivation of strong leadership skills which will enhance the students' abilities to continue to grow within the profession and take an active role in moving the profession forward.

Excellence in Practice

Our motto "Promoting Excellence in Practice" is enacted in many ways throughout our curriculum. Opportunities for supervised experiential learning are abundant throughout the curriculum. Thus, students have many chances to have reflective learning experiences with faculty. Together, students and faculty are actively engaged in providing direct, indirect, consultative, and research-based services to clients.

Practical Experiences

Our occupational therapy program is designed to facilitate the development of excellent practitioners. To achieve that, we believe that students need experiences interacting with a diversity of individuals in a variety of settings. Therefore we have structured hands-on experiences throughout the program in addition to the traditional fieldwork requirements.