Accreditation Status and Student Outcomes

MS Program in Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy program at Carolina is a two year program leading to a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy. The program is designed for the person with an undergraduate degree in a field other than occupational therapy, and is a rigorous course of graduate study comprised of 63 credits, including 12 credits of Fieldwork II, taken within two calendar years. The program is designed for full-time study.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination, in addition to character references and criminal record checks. More information about certification can be obtained by contacting: NBCOT, The Eugene Casey Building, 800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150(301) 990-7979

* A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s eligibility for certification or state licensure. We suggest that applicants contact the NBCOT with questions regarding eligibility for professional credentialing. In addition, most clinical sites require criminal background searches as a condition of completing fieldwork within the site.


The Occupational Therapy program at UNC Chapel Hill is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The program was re-accredited in 1986, 1993, 2001 and 2011. Accreditation is granted to those occupational therapy educational programs that demonstrate substantial compliance with the Accreditation Standards for a Masters Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist. More information about accreditation can be obtained by contacting: ACOTE, American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, Phone: (301) 652-2682, Website:

Student Outcomes

The total number of graduates from the MS program in Occupational Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 3-year period of 2012-2014 was 62, with an overall graduation rate of 98%.




Class of 2012



Class of 2013



Class of 2014






Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy can be found online at