- MS in Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy integrated curriculum highlights "hands on" applications and fundamental courses that will prepare you for traditional and emerging areas of practice. Become clinically, professionally, and culturally competent in your field with access to:
- patient simulation
- virtual human cadaver software
- well equipped laboratories
- the latest technology, and
- a comprehensive library-resource system
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.
WSSU periodically holds informative interactive sessions to give you the steps for applying to WSSU's OT program and what to expect during the process. To receive more information and invitations to attend events, create your GradApply portal account now.
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The Winston-Salem State University Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students in Occupational Therapy aims to address the nation’s “workforce gap” of underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged Occupational Therapy practitioners by providing scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and fees to promising OT students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The scholarship is available for students who meet the following criteria: first-generation college students, educationally disadvantaged, and/or financially disadvantaged. Recipients must be enrolled in the MSOT full-time (nine hours or more) and be a United State Citizen*, have a financial need, and be FAFSA eligible.
The Occupational Therapy Department will open the application portal in March of each applicable year; awards for the following academic year will be announced by July 1. Students must apply annually for the scholarship.
*A citizen or national of the United States, A lawful permanent resident of the United States, A foreign national with a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States, A non-citizen national
Over 50 scholarships are available from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) and state occupational therapy associations. Applicants must be currently enrolled and have completed at least 1 year of occupational therapy specific coursework in an AOTA accredited or developing post-professional level program OR enrolled in an occupational therapy assistant program.
A national service club with an emphasis on scholarships for therapy students. Students must be accepted in an accredited program by the appropriate health therapy profession.
Forgivable Loan - North Carolina Residents only
Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina.
Fieldwork: Fieldwork courses are designed to provide students with extended opportunities to practice various roles in clinical and community-based settings, as well as, in emerging areas of Occupational Therapy Practice.
Career Outlook: This is a great time to be an occupational therapy practitioner. Don't just take our word for it. It has been consistently ranks high as one of the top jobs, and recession-proof job:
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
National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy
The Eugene B. Casey Building
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
One benefit from attending the Occupational Therapy program is being recognized by employers as attending one of the premiere OT programs in the state. I feel really great knowing that I received a degree in OT from WSSU.