App State's new Master of Science in occupational therapy (OT) program aims to prepare students to become certified occupational therapists in North Carolina, particularly in the western region of the state. The program will meet the rigorous accreditation requirements of the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Applications for the first cohort will open in Fall 2023.
Beginning in fall 2024, Appalachian State University's new Master of Science in occupational therapy (OT) program will help address a critical lack of occupational therapists in Western North Carolina.
The program, to be offered through the Beaver College of Health Sciences' new Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, received approval from the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors in April.
"This program will not only help meet critical rural health care needs," said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts, "but it will also help ensure that students who live in North Carolina and wish to be occupational therapists are able to receive a cost-effective master's degree that will allow them to live, work and practice in our state."