North Carolina Occupational Therapy Degrees
Successful completion of an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree is the first step to becoming an Occupational Therapist in the state of North Carolina.
The American Occupational Therapy Association’s program accreditation body is the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). North Carolina occupational therapy courses that are part of graduate programs must be approved by the ACOTE. Check out the ACOTE website at www.aota.org to find out a list of schools that are accredited. Accreditation is necessary because it reflects a school’s commitment to evidence-based research in practice and adherence to professional ethics.
There is no specific major required to apply to Masters level Occupational Therapy programs, however specific courses including human anatomy and physiology, development psychology, kineseiology, statistics, sociology, and psychology may all be required. Expect schools to require a minimum GPA and/or GRE score. If the GRE is required, take the exam prior to applying to an Occupational Therapy program. All schools will require an admission application and application fee. Other admission requirements will vary from school to school, but some of these requirements include: a personal essay, letters of reference and volunteer or professional experience. Be sure to gather and submit all your application materials, prior to the school’s deadline.
After the letter of acceptance into the school’s program is received, you will be expected to successfully complete the Occupational Therapy-specific curriculum. Coursework will include topics such as biomechanics and kinesiology, pathology and occupation performance, ethics, research, neurology, human development, mental health. A practical experience in the field is required in order to graduate from any Occupational Therapy program.
Continuing Education for Occupational Therapists in North Carolina
Licenses that have been issued by the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapists must be renewed yearly. An application with verification of continuing education and a renewal fee ($50) are required. The North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapists requires that all licensed Occupational therapists maintain supervision hours in addition to completing continuing education on a yearly basis.