About the Program


It is the vision of the Occupational Therapy Department to prepare occupational therapy graduates to enhance the occupational performance status of the citizens of eastern North Carolina, the state of North Carolina, and the broader community.  We envision an educational community where faculty, staff, clinical educators, and students work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, and commitment to excellence in occupational therapy practice.


The mission of the Occupational Therapy Department is to foster excellence in occupational therapy practice through graduate education, research, and service.  Specifically, we will 1) provide the community with competent occupational therapy graduates who are leaders in the field and who, as change agents, are responsive to the unique sociocultural nature of the region and its residents, 2) provide quality graduate educational experiences which facilitate development of high levels of critical thinking, analytical ability, and independent inquiry, and 3) generate research which advances the art and science of the occupational therapy profession.


The objectives of the occupational therapy curriculum are the following:

  1. Prepare students to begin practice as caring, competent, ethical, and creative occupational therapists with professional mastery in the use of occupation appropriate to a wide range of populations and practice areas.
  2. Provide students with the foundation of theoretical knowledge, technical skills, and values needed for quality occupational therapy practice.
  3. Prepare students with the knowledge and skills to do clinical reasoning in order to assume the role of a health care professional who functions as an change agent by engaging patients/clients in meaningful occupation.
  4. Provide students with the knowledge and skills, appreciation, and ability to use research which advances the effectiveness of occupational therapy practice.
  5. Develop in students the appreciation and skills for life-long learning within a changing environment.
  6. Provide the communities of our region, state, and nation with quality therapists who are responsive to an individual’s unique sociocultural nature and their environment.
  7. Provide occupational therapy leaders and advocates to serve our region, state, and nation.