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MS Program in Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapy program at UNC-Chapel Hill 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 our occupational therapy program during the three-year period of 2017-2019 was 70, with an overall graduation rate of 97 percent.

Class of 2017 24/24 100 percent
Class of 2018 24/22 92 percent
Class of 2019 24/24 100 percent
Total 72/70 97 percent

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy are available here.

Institutional and Professional Licensure Disclosures for Enrolled and Prospective Students

Completion of the requirements of the UNC-CH MSOT Program satisfies the professional licensure requirements in North Carolina as well as the states, districts, and territories of the United States, and allows our graduates to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) Examination by the NBCOT®.