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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


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Community Engagement

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.

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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.

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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.

Mental Health Certificate Program in Occupational Therapy

This Mental Health Certificate Program in Occupational Therapy is to help address the challenges in behavioral/ mental health care in North Carolina and in the US. It is a post-baccalaureate certificate program for degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT). This program guides OT students to take a track of courses that will build competencies for practice in mental health while going through the OT curriculum. The certificate also offers advantage for OT students to seek employment in behavioral health upon graduation and career advancement in their future practice.

For more information, please see our Mental Health Certificate Program in Occupational Therapy catalog page. For inquiries related to this certificate program, email Dr. Chinyu Wu at


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)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-2682