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Pre Occupational Therapy (PROT)


Stuart J. Schleien, Professor and Director of Graduate Study, Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Leandra A. Bedini, Professor, Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Linda L. Buettner, Professor, Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Charlsena F. Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Four occupational therapy (OT) programs are currently available in North Carolina: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, and Lenoir-Rhyne College offer the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.), and Winston-Salem State University offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Occupational Therapy. Lenoir-Rhyne offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Occupation Studies as the OT prerequisite phase of earning a Master of Science in OT. East Carolina University also offers an accelerated program for highly qualified undergraduate students enrolled in the health services management program with the intention of preparing for a professional master’s (entry-level) degree program in OT. Recent accreditation changes in occupational therapy now require that all students completing a degree in occupational therapy after January 1, 2007, must obtain the master’s degree.

Students seeking admission into a Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy may declare a major in Recreation and Parks Management (RPMT), with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, but will be expected to complete a core of additional courses. Requirements for entry into an M.S. program in O.T. generally include the following courses:

BIO 111, 112

Introductory Biology (4 hours)

BIO 271

Human Anatomy with lab (4 hours)

BIO 277

Human Physiology with lab (4 hours)

PSY 341

Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)

STA 108

Introduction to Statistics (3 hours)

CHE 111, 112 and 114, 115

General Chemistry (3 hours)

HDF 211 or PSY 250

Human Growth and Development (3 hours)

PHY 211, 212 OR 291, 292


Kinesiology or course related to Human Movement and Analysis (3 hours)

Sociology, Anthropology, or Cultural Diversity (3 hours)

Medical Terminology (1–2 hours)

Reasoning course such as philosophy, logic, ethics, methods, or research inquiry in a social science


Additional recommendations may include (depending on the master’s program of interest to student) a course in either an academic or community-based setting that requires the skills of the body and mind, such as art, music, dance, recreation, sports classes, theater, etc. First aid and CPR certification may also be required.

Students should contact an advisor for assistance in planning their program of study.

This page was last updated on June 6, 2012.