Greensboro Occupational Therapy Schools
Within an hour's drive of downtown Greensboro, there are a couple of schools offering occupational therapy degrees accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association. This article discusses the courses and fieldwork required for the programs at these universities. Also included is a table with additional information and statistics about the institutions.
- Winston-Salem State University is about 30 miles from central Greensboro and offers a master's degree in occupational therapy.
- Located around 50 miles from Greensboro's downtown area, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) also offers a master's-level program in the field.
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Comparison of Schools
There are noticeable differences in the graduate tuition rates at the two profiled schools, which could affect your decision on where to study occupational therapy. Review this table to compare not only costs but also enrollment figures, acceptance rates and more.
|Winston-Salem State University||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|School Type*||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2015-2016)*||5,220||29,135|
|Campus Setting*||Midsize city||Small city|
|Graduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*||$6,227 in-state, $15,783 out-of-state||$11,074 in-state, $28,285 out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)*||94%||67%|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (Fall 2014)*||60%||28%|
|Retention Rate for First-time Students (2013-2014)*||79% for full-time students, 50% for part-time students||97% for full-time students, 67% for part-time students|
|Graduation Rate (For students who began their studies in 2008 and completed within 150% of 'normal time')*||46%||90%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University is a historically black college that offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and 10 graduate programs. The School of Health Sciences offers programs in occupational therapy, nursing, clinical laboratory sciences, healthcare management, exercise physiology, rehabilitation counseling and physical therapy.
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
This 7-semester program includes classroom lectures as well as 24 weeks of fieldwork. In introductory courses such as neurobehavioral and physiological factors of occupation, students learn how neurological and musculoskeletal problems can inhibit daily activity. Laboratory requirements accompany this course, and students practice evaluating disabilities and prescribing treatment. Also available are courses focusing on emerging topics in the field and independent studies.
Students further develop their diagnostic skills with sequential courses in occupational interventions. Additional courses in rehabilitation technology and research writing and dissemination are also available. Students must make evaluations and implement intervention strategies that are appropriate for a patient's age or development stage.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The School of Medicine within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill features a Department of Allied Health Science that includes seven divisions. The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy awards a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree.
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy students learn how to help patients overcome their developmental, sensory, motor skills or behavioral disabilities to perform daily activities. Intervention strategies may include changing a patient's environment or guiding patients through exercises aimed at mastering a task. Degree requirements include courses in musculoskeletal dimensions of occupational performance and neuroscience. Students gain clinical experience through short-term field assignments.
Students are required to complete two fieldwork experiences. In the first fieldwork, students observe and participate in occupational therapy programs and community service projects. The second internship is taken later in the program and designed as an 8-12 week in-depth experience that promotes competencies learned in the program. Graduates of this program are prepared to pass the national certification examination required for licensure as a registered occupational therapist.