East Carolina University: Occupational Therapy

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Program: 27 months, admits 26 students, and starts last week in August.

Application: Available Mid-July and due November 1st. An electronic interview for those accepted to the second phase.

In-State Tuition (total): $19,240. This does not include additional costs/fees.

Admission Info:

  • Average GPA: 3.67
  • Average pre-requisite GPA: 3.65
  • Average GRE Scores: Quantitative - 154; Verbal - 156; Analytical - 4.5
  • Observation Hours: Not required, but strongly encouraged
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Program Highlights:
Research opportunities, students can elect to do a thesis or research project if they're interested - they can engage in research, formal research symposium, many students present at national conferences, publishing opportunities, collaboration with other departments is unique - collaborative labs with PT, PA and Speech Pathology students, lots of real life settings for lab experiences


Applicants may apply before completing all prerequisites, but it is recommended 15 of the 25 required prerequisite credits be completed by November 1. Prerequisites may be taken at any university or college. ALL prerequisites must be completed before you begin the program. ECU's 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. Students must receive B- (2.7) or better to be considered passing these prerequisite credits. Competitive students submit applications with prerequisite grades higher than the minimum in most of the courses. For 2016-2017 application cycle, completed prerequisites MUST include at least 4 credits of anatomy and/or physiology by the initial application deadline. A&P 1, A&P 2, and Statistics must be completed within 5 years prior to beginning the program.

  • Human Anatomy with Lab (or Anatomy and Physiology I with lab) - 4 credit hours (UNCW: BIO/L 240)
  • Human Physiology with Lab (or Anatomy and Physiology II with lab) - 4 credit hours (UNCW: BIO/L 241)
  • Statistics - 3 credit hours (UNCW: STT 210 or STT 215)
  • Developmental Psychology/Lifespan Development - must cover birth to death (cannot be a motor development course) - 3 credit hours (UNCW: PSY 223)
  • Abnormal Psychology - 3 credit hours (UNCW: PSY 247)
  • Reasoning course such as logic, ethics, or critical thinking (often come from a philosophy department) - 3 credit hours (UNCW: PAR 110, 115 or 215)
  • Introduction to Sociology OR Introduction to Anthropology OR Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (cannot be higher level course such as Sociology of the Family) - 3 credit hours (UNCW: SOC 105 or ANT 105 or ANT 206)
  • Medical Terminology or demonstrate proficiency in medical terminology by passing an exam with ECU OT - 1-3 credit hours (UNCW: ATR 470)
  • Exploring Occupational Therapy (recommended, not required) - 3 credit hours

UNCW course recommendations: Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.