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Occupational Therapy

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

A collage banner of occupational therapy students providing care.
A collage banner of occupational therapy students providing care.
A collage banner of occupational therapy students providing care.

We are excited that you are considering a career in occupational therapy. Our distinguished faculty, top-notch curriculum, and new facilities designed just for you make us a stand out program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Degree Offered: Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
  • Program Length: 8 consecutive semesters (including summers)
  • Total Number of Credits: 125
  • Cohort Size: 36
  • Program Start: One start per year in the Fall semester
  • Cadaver anatomy taught by OT professor
  • Student-led free clinic
  • 100% NBCOT Exam pass rate         
  • Accreditation Status: Accredited

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

OTD Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Wingate University is to develop knowledgeable and ethical occupational therapists who are committed to the health, well-being, and quality of life of all persons, groups, and populations through a solid education founded upon principles of occupational performance, critical thinking/professional reasoning, servant leadership, evidence-based practice/ scholarship, and occupational justice.

OTD Vision Statement

The vision of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Wingate University is to be a leading educator of occupational therapists who are practice-ready leaders and clinical scholars committed to the pursuit of meaningful occupational performance for all persons, groups, and populations.

 

Tuition and Fees
2023-2024

Direct Costs (per year)*

  • Tuition: $33,030 ($11,010 per term)
  • Health & Wellness Fee: $100
  • Parking Fee: $130 per year
  • OTD Program Fee: $450 ($150 per semester)
  • Graduation Fee: $135 (one-time fee assessed in the year of graduation)
  • Estimated Total Direct Program Cost (3 years/8 semesters): $89,125

Indirect Costs (per year)*

  • Room & Board: $14,400
  • Books: $1,250
  • Transportation: $5,400
  • Personal & Miscellaneous: $1,440
  • Loan Fees – Unsubsidized: $406
  • Health Insurance: $2,246
  • Estimated Total Indirect Program Cost (3 years/8 semesters): $67,032

Estimated Total Cost of Attendance (3 years/8 semesters): $156,157
*Tuition and fees are subject to change

FACILITIES

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy facilities are located in the Burnside-Dalton and Hayes buildings on the Wingate, NC campus.  The Burnside-Dalton building is shared with the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The OTD program primarily encompasses the first floors of each building, and includes several labs, a classroom, private study rooms, and faculty offices. Our facilities also boast a state of the art cadaver lab and a student lounge for decompressing between or after classes. We have carefully designed every detail so that we can provide our students with the optimal environment conducive to hands-on learning experiences. 

An occupational therapy lab
An occupational therapy lab
An occupational therapy lab
An occupational therapy classroom
An occupational therapy lab
An occupational therapy lab
An occupational therapy classroom
An occupational therapy lab
An occupational therapy lab
An occupational therapy lab
An occupational therapy classroom

"When I came to Wingate for the first time, for my interview, I was amazed. It was small and intimate and felt like home. They were friendly and inviting and made me feel hopeful. Also, I was excited to know that it was a doctoral program instead of a master’s. Studying at Wingate has been a blessing. I have enjoyed myself."

Jalynn Parnell
Class of 2022


Occupational Therapy Overview

ACOTE Accreditation

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

SACSCOC Accreditation

Wingate University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist,  and doctorate degrees. Wingate University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Wingate University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program results for the NBCOT examination can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance.

Graduation Year Students Entering/
Graduating
Graduation Rate

NBCOT Pass Rate
per calendar year

2022 36/32 89% 100%
2023 36/35 97% 100%
Total 72/67 93% 100%

 

Questions?

Dr. Melissa Sweetman
(704) 233-8972
OTD@wingate.edu

Free OT Clinic
ot.clinic@wingate.edu