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Occupational Therapy: Programs in NC


  • All programs are 2-2.5 years.
  • Average GPAs range from 3.5 to 3.67.
  • Total In-State Tuition ranges from $19,240 (ECU) to $57,750 (Lenoir-Rhyne). 
  • The median annual wage was $81,910 in 2016. Employment is projected to grow 27% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations (BLS).
  • Learn more about OT through the American Occupational Therapy Association

School Name - GPA Info - US News & World Report (2016 Ranking)

East Carolina University - 3.67 GPA  Average - 88

Lenoir-Rhyne University - 3.0+ GPA  Suggested - 160

Methodist University (Doctoral Program) - GPA Info Not Listed - Doctoral Programs not ranked

UNC Chapel Hill - 3.6 GPA  is Typical - 9

Winston-Salem State University - 3.5 GPA  is Competitive - 106

All Programs:


Prerequisite Courses:

Programs require some/all of the following courses. Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program. 

  • BIO/L 240
  • BIO/L 241
  • STT 210 or STT 215
  • PSY 223
  • PSY 247
  • PAR 115 or PAR 215
  • SOC 105 or ANT 105
  • ATR 470

OT Application Tips:

  • Some programs use a central application, OTCAS
  • Start researching schools and prerequisite requirements early! Most schools require the majority of your prerequisites to be complete prior to applying in the fall of your senior year.
  • Submit applications well before the deadline (at least a week before) in case something goes wrong or needs updating.
  • Be sure to request letters of recommendation and GRE scores prior to application deadlines.
  • Programs do not suggest that you work your first semester as it can be a lot.
  • Personal statement is very important.
  • Attend information sessions to learn more about programs - you need to visit the schools you are applying to.
  • ECU provides an online "Exploring Occupational Therapy" course fall spring and summer and provides a great overview of the profession - OCCT 3000 at ECU.