The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is one of six divisions of the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The division administers a Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy as well as a PhD in Occupational Science, and conducts multiple research, clinical, and service projects through our faculty collaborations. The faculty-student ratio is approximately 1:7, and students in both the MS and PhD programs encounter faculty on a routine basis in classroom, professional, and social settings.
Established in 1978 by Dr. Marlys Mitchell, the program in occupational therapy graduated its first class in 1980, and has been consistently recognized as a national leader in occupational therapy education. The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has a strong track record of educating students for traditional positions in health care settings, as well as a national reputation for innovative education related to educational and community-based practice settings. The MS program in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association. (ACOTE: c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda MD 20814-3449).
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We are housed in Bondurant Hall on South Columbia Street in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and are part of a comprehensive campus that includes both undergraduate and graduate education in more than a dozen schools and colleges. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available within this setting.
Our division resources include an 1,100-square-foot model apartment used as lab and meeting space for student coursework, and a 300-square-foot assistive technology and materials lab. Classrooms include state-of-the-art teaching technologies and are shared with students from other allied health disciplines and the medical school. The Health Sciences Library is situated next door to Bondurant Hall and contains over 290,000 texts, 4,000 current serial titles, and over 8,900 audiovisual and microcomputer software programs. A large computer lab and media design labs are available for student use. In addition, Davis Library, the main campus library, houses invaluable text, media, and archival resources.
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