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
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 skill programs at local homeless shelter, CAREFIT for elderly and Matter of Balance fall prevention classes.
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, virtual human cadaver software and well equipped skill laboratories, wireless ready classrooms and a comprehensive library system across 16 campuses in the UNC University system.
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 2017-2019 was 82, with an overall graduation rate of 98%.
|Fall Graduates||Spring/Summer Graduates||Graduation
|2017 - 2018||28||27||1||100%|
|2018 - 2019||28||24||3||96%|
The two and half year program begins during the fall term and ends fall term two years later. Spring and summer graduates are off sequence.
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 webpage. The next accreditation self- study and onsite visit are scheduled in 2026/2027.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929