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The application cycle for the cohort that will begin in August 2023 opens in July 2022 and will close on January 1, 2023. We will admit 36 students to our Class of 2026.

Wingate University uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) for all applications to the occupational therapy program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions process which means we review them as soon as we receive verification from OTCAS that the application is complete.

To apply, submit all application materials through OTCAS here:

Applicants to the Wingate University OTD program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution must be completed before your cohort begins in August (official transcript required).
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with a “C” or better in all prerequisite courses.
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation; at least one must be from an occupational therapist and at least one must be from a professor/advisor.
  4. A minimum of 40 hours of clinical observation with an occupational therapist in at least two practice settings with different aged clients.
  5. There can be no more than three (3) outstanding prerequisites at the time of application.

Prerequisite coursework completed in spring and summer 2020, and graded on a Pass/Fail basis will be considered.  Additional documentation may be required.  If your ability to attain observation hours or letters of recommendation has been negatively impacted due to COVID-19, please reach out to us at for alternative options.

Prerequisite Courses

Course Credits Wingate Equivalent Credits
Human Anatomy with lab OR Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I BIO211 4
Human Physiology with lab OR Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II BIO212 4
Intro to Psychology 3 General Psychology PSYC101 4
Abnormal Psychology 3 Psychopathologies PSYC315 3
Lifespan Development or Developmental Psych 3 Developmental Psychology PSYC250 3
Intro to Sociology or Anthropology 3 Intro to Sociology SOC101 3
Writing/Composition/Grammar 3 Beginning College Writing ENG110 3
Statistics 3 Inferential Statistics MATH209 3
Medical Terminology 1-3 Medical Terminology HETH105 2


Wingate University’s Department of Occupational Therapy encourages the enrollment of students with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We value applicants who are ethical thinkers, are passionate about serving others, are advocates for equality, embrace diversity, and are committed to becoming clinical scholars.     

Wingate University is operated on a non-discriminatory basis. There is no discrimination on grounds of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or military service in Wingate University’s administration of educational policies, programs, activities or services; admissions and housing policies; scholarship or loan programs; or employment. An exception may occur only when appropriate and allowed by law. 

Students who hold an F1 visa are not currently eligible for admission.