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North Carolina Occupational Therapist School

Occupational Therapy in North Carolina

In North Carolina, occupational therapists work in a variety of fields such as hospitals, private practices, schools, nursing homes and community social service organizations.  In 2008, there were 2,570 people employed North Carolina as Occupational Therapists (United States Bureau of Labor Statistics) Occupational Therapists are formally educated, and a Masters degree is required to practice. Individuals thinking about becoming an occupational therapist may want to become an occupational therapy assistant first, to gain experience in the field.

How to become an Occupational Therapist in North Carolina

After an individual has graduated from an Occupational Therapy program, they are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy’s certification Occupational Therapist (OT) exam.  

The National Board of Certification eligibility requirements are:

  1. Graduate from of the accredited online or campus based programs offered  by North Carolina occupational therapy schools
  2. Successfully complete practicum (internship) in Occupational Therapy
  3. Submit an application to the National Board of Certification take the certification examination
  4. Submit transcripts with application to the board
  5. Commit to the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy candidate Code of Ethics
  6. Candidates for certification are required to submit all felony convictions even if they have been expunged or sealed.
  7. Pay required application and exam fees

North Carolina Licensure Requirements for Occupational Therapists

The North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy regulates the practice of Occupational Therapy in North Carolina.  The Board is charged with protecting public health and safety by preventing unqualified people from practicing occupational therapy.  The Board does this by requiring both Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants to obtain a state license to practice. 

The Board‘s requirements for Occupational Therapists to obtain state licensure include the following:

  1. Graduate from an accredited program in Occupational Therapy
  2. Fill out an application for licensure
  3. Pass the national certification exam offered by the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy.
  4. Have a good moral character
  5. Pay the $100 licensure fee to the Board
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, High Point and Wilmington, North Carolina may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center, Rutherford Hospital and Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy contact information:

North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy
P.O Box 2280
Raleigh, North Carolina 27602
phone:  919-832-1380
fax:   919-833-1059
e-mail:  administrator@NCBOT.org
website: http://www.ncbot.org

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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
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  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
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