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, human cadavers, 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
A Student-Faculty Run Rehab Clinic provides occupational therapy services care to needy populations.
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.
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.
Innovative Curriculum Model
An integrated curriculum that highlights practical skills and fundamental courses that prepares students in their role as practitioner, administrator, educator-learner and researcher in traditional and emerging areas of practice.
MSOT courses are delivered by a diverse clinical and doctoral prepared faculty who are experts in their respective field. Courses are delivered in a manner that cultivates learning while stimulating creativity, critical reasoning and evidence-based practice. Learning experiences progressively reinforce assessment and intervention through "hands on" applications.
Culture, Diversity & Service
WSSU program attracts a diverse student body. Strong emphasis is placed on immersive experiences with diverse cultures, ethnic groups as well as opportunities for regional, community and international service learning and fieldwork affiliations. Professional service, student and faculty scholarship in state and national associations are expected and highly valued.
State of the Art Facilities
Accessibility to patient simulation, human cadavers and well equipped skill laboratories, wireless ready classrooms and a comprehensive library system across 16 campuses in the UNC University system.
Deadline for Application Submission - January 15th
OTCAS application process for WSSU opens September 1st
The Winston-Salem State University Department of Occupational Therapy requires a 3-step application. Please review the admissions criteria prior to applying.
1. Application for admission must be completed through OTCAS
OTCAS is the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy. All parts of the application and documents must be completed and verified by
OTCAS prior in order to be reviewed by the OT Department Admissions Committee.
- Verification may take several weeks, therefore early application submission is encouraged at least 4 weeks prior to the deadline.
- Official transcripts MUST be sent to OTCAS at the address below. OTCAS does NOT forward your transcripts to the University. If you are accepted, you will need to forward copies of all official transcripts to WSSU.
- Recommendation forms should be sent electronically through OTCAS.
OTCAS Address Information
OTCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471
OTCAS Customer Service Information
2. Complete WSSU Security Questionnaire
- Each applicant must answer security questions within OTCAS required by WSSU Office of Admissions.
- Submit a $50.00 application fee postmarked no later than December 15th to allow for processing by WSSU.
- Certified check or money order should be made payable to WSSU Admissions/Occupational Therapy. Clearly identify applicant name on check or money order.
- Mail to:
Office of Admissions (MSOT)
Winston-Salem State University
111 and 137 Anderson Center
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
3. Request GRE scores to be sent to designated institution (DI) Code 1985
Note: A non-refundable seat fee is required for students offered admission to the program in order to secure their placement.
Important Information: Applicants should be aware that fieldwork sites, national certification boards, state licensing agencies, and prospective employers frequently require criminal history disclosures and/or background checks and/or drug testing. Convictions do not necessarily disqualify someone for licensure or employment. Applicants with criminal convictions should recognize that such convictions may impede eventual state licensure or employment and that WSSU cannot predict the future decisions of fieldwork sites, licensing agencies, or employers.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be credentialed as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Individuals wishing to determine if eligible to take certification exam should contact NBCOT prior to applying to the program. Information concerning state licensure can be obtained through the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy.
National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy
The Eugene B. Casey Building
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
The total number of graduates from the Winston-Salem State University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2014-2016 was 79, with an overall graduation rate of 94%.
The Department of Occupational Therapy entry-level masters program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The next accreditation self- study and onsite visit are scheduled in 2026/2027.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449