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Occupational Therapy offers an integrated curriculum that highlights "hands on" applications and fundamental courses that prepare students in their roles in traditional and emerging areas of practice. Courses are delivered in an engaging manner that cultivates learning while stimulating creativity, critical reasoning and evidence-based practice. With access to patient simulation, virtual human cadaver software, well equipped laboratories, the latest technology, and a comprehensive library-resource system, our students become clinically, professionally, and culturally competent in their field. The academic experience is enhanced by clinical and doctoral prepared faculty who are experts in their respective field. Strong emphasis is placed on community engaged immersive experiences with diverse cultures and ethnic groups.

Program of Study

MS Occupational Therapy


Community Engagement

At Winston-Salem State University, community engagement is a fundamental aspect of our teaching, research and faculty and student service. In the MSOT program at Winston-Salem State University, community engagement is a fundamental aspect of our teaching, research and faculty and student service. Ongoing community service-learning includes life skills programs at the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, local low-income housing facilities, Green Tree Peer Center, and The Enrichment Center to name just a few. We also train students to lead and participate in the CARFIT program for older drivers and Matter of Balance fall prevention classes. 

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Emphasizing Health Equity

Occupational therapy students and faculty provide rehab services to individuals with chronic diseases at the local free Community Care Center In an academic year, students provide over 150 hours of care and education to patients.

dexterity training

Technology & Innovation

Virtual Hospital offers students an opportunity to build clinical skills in a simulated acute hospital setting and to engage in coordinated inter-professional care with other health science disciplines.

senior-services Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center

The WSSU MSOT program has enjoyed a warm and close relationship with Senior Services, Inc in Forsyth County for over 6 years. This partnership, particularly through the Williams Adult Day Center, has provided students with the opportunity to learn and develop foundational skills for becoming competent occupational therapy practitioners while also providing service and assistance to the Center participants. The OT Department looks forward to continued collaborations with Senior Services, Inc. through our role in administering the TAP program as a part of the Memory Connections Initiative over the next two years.

Networking Resources

While the WSSU OT program values the unique perspectives and experiences of all individuals, we also acknowledge the potential interest or benefit of connecting with peers who share similar backgrounds. Recognizing the historical homogeneity within OT, we aim to provide resources that facilitate networking and meaningful connections.

The Networking Groups are independent groups and are not officially affiliated with AOTA.


The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®). ACOTE® accredited Occupational Therapy programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited Occupational Therapy educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure web page. The next accreditation self- study and onsite visit are scheduled in 2026/2027.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E
Bethesda, MD  20814
(301) 652-2682