Faces of Occupational Therapy at WSSU

Occupational Therapy - Admissions and Applications

Dr. Dorothy Betha

Dr. Dorothy P. Bethea
Chairperson

For further inquiries
about the OT program
please contact:

Ms. Phyllis Franks
frankspj@wssu.edu

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The Winston-Salem State University Department of Occupational Therapy will only accept applications through the OTCAS - Centralized Application Systems website.

Deadline for Application - January 15th

All parts of the application and all forms must be complete and verified by OTCAS in order to meet the January 15th deadline. Please begin the application process by December or earlier to allow for OTCAS to verify transcripts and for all documentation to be received. All documents must accompany a completed application to the OTCAS - Centralized Application Systems.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: 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.

National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy  •  www.ncbot.org

The Winston-Salem State University Department of Occupational Therapy requires a 2-step application.

 1)    Applicants must apply through the OTCAS - Centralized Application 
        Systems
website
.

 2)    Applicants must also complete the WSSU online graduate
        application and submit the required $50.00 fee. This 
        ensures that all of the required security questions are completed
        prior to admissions decisions being made. No recommendations 
        or essay for this application is required (only through OTCAS).
        Apply online.

Deadline for both OTCAS Application and WSSU Graduate Application - January 15th

All parts of the application and all forms must be complete and verified by OTCAS in order to meet the January 15th deadline. Please begin the application process by December or earlier to allow for OTCAS to verify transcripts and for all documentation to be received. All documents must accompany a completed application to the OTCAS - Centralized Application Systems.

Criteria for Admission

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate degree GPA of 3.00 or higher (Applicants with below a 3.0 GPA will not be reviewed
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within 5 years of applying for admission.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if foreign students whose native language is not English.
  • Volunteer or work experience in the field of occupational therapy (Minimum of 40 hours).
  • 3 recommendation forms (one must be completed by an occupational therapy supervisor where student volunteered or worked).
  • Complete a written essay. Instructions are located in OTCAS with application.
  • Grade of “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses. Must have completed at least four of the seven
    prerequisite courses by the application deadline.
Prerequisites Courses Credits
Two courses in Human Anatomy & Physiology - each with a lab 6-8 (2 Courses)
Lifespan Human Growth & Development & Developmental Psychology 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Statistics 3
Sociology OR Anthropology 3
Medical Terminology 1


Admissions Process

  • Application for admission must be completed through OTCAS, The Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy. It is the applicant's responsibility to check with OTCAS that his/her application is complete and has been VERIFIED. The admissions committee does not review applications until they are VERIFIED by OTCAS
  • The required WSSU Graduate School application link is posted above on the right side of this page as well as under the WSSU Program page in OTCAS. There is a $50.00 WSSU fee that is required to be submitted with the WSSU application. This must also be submitted before the January 15th 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 transcripts to WSSU as well.
  • Recommendation forms should be sent electronically through OTCAS. However, if applicants choose to use the paper Letter of Recommendation, it must be the OTCAS Recommendations Request Form and MUST be sent to OTCAS at the address provided.
  • A non-refundable seat fee is required for students offered admission to the program in order to secure your placement. Detailed information will be sent to individuals once they receive an offer of admission.
  • Review the Featured Links on this page including Admissions FAQs, Prerequisites Courses Information, WSSU Security Questions (supplemental application) before starting the application process.

OTCAS Address Information:
OTCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471

OTCAS Customer Service Information:
Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM EST
617-612-2860

otcasinfo@otcas.org
include full name, otcas id number and detailed question.

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