Academics

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Wingate University prepares students to enter the workforce as occupational therapists. The profession of occupational therapy is highly skilled and technical, requiring a rigorous academic preparation. Therefore, students must possess certain capabilities to be able to fully participate in the educational process required for preparation as an occupational therapist.

Essential Skills

The standards listed below must be met with or without reasonable accommodations in alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Wingate University does not discriminate against students with disabilities, but it is the student’s responsibility to request needed accommodations through the Office of Disability Support Services within the Academic Resource Center. Prior to accepting a position as a student in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, all potential students must confirm their ability to meet each of the standards listed below. If at any time before or during the course of the program the student believes he/she cannot meet any of these standards with or without reasonable accommodations, he/she may be dismissed from the program.

Requirements

ACOTE Accreditation

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Currently, ACOTE considers the Wingate University Doctor of Occupational Therapy program to be an Developing Program. There are several processes that must be completed in order for full accreditation to occur. The timeline for accreditation is as follows:

Letter of Intent Submitted to ACOTE

June 4, 2017 (determines Applicant Status)

Candidacy Application Due to ACOTE

December 17, 2018

Candidacy Decision by ACOTE

April 2019

Students May Be Enrolled into the Program

May, 2019

First Cohort Begins Classes

August, 2019

Self-Study Report Due to ACOTE

November 2, 2020

Pre-accreditation Decision by ACOTE

April, 2021

Initial Onsite Evaluation by ACOTE

August-November, 2021

Accreditation Decision by ACOTE

December 2021

First Cohort Graduates

May, 2022

 

An occupational therapy educational program must be accredited by ACOTE prior to students’ graduation for its students to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Therefore, students who enter developing programs are taking a risk that the program will not obtain accreditation and they will not be eligible to sit for the NBCOT certification exam. If you are uncomfortable with the risk involved in entering a developing program, it may be better for you to pursue one that is already accredited. However, the accreditation process is designed to facilitate development, and substantial support is provided to the program during the process.

SACS Accreditation

Wingate University is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to grant Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program was granted approval by SACSCOC in May, 2018.

For more information on the regional accreditation status or process, contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097. The phone number is 404-679-4500 and its web address is www.sacscoc.org.

Curriculum Outline

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy curriculum at Wingate University is delivered beginning in the Fall and spanning 8 consecutive semesters (including summers).