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Occupational Therapy

Master of Science (MS)

The Wilmington College Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy is a residential, entry-level program, designed with a unique focus on enhancing rural health care services. Students that attend this program will be well-prepared for practice in a wide variety of health care settings, with all age groups and diverse populations. Participation in the program requires a commitment of approximately 24 months, with students spending their first 4 semesters on campus completing the required coursework, and then leaving campus for the last 2 semesters to engage in the required Level II Fieldwork experiences.

Classes begin each January

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: We are currently accepting applications for January 2024 via OT CAS.


The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program at Wilmington College is to prepare exceptional occupational therapy professionals that recognize and respond to the unique needs of rural communities with a focus on evidence and occupation-based practices that are client-centered.


The vision of the Occupational Therapy Program at Wilmington College is to prepare innovative, community-driven leaders with an ability to educate, inspire, and problem-solve for citizens in underserved rural areas.

Student Occupational Therapy Association

The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) at Wilmington College provides opportunities for students to promote and advocate for their future clients and profession. Students in the organization participate in fundraising, volunteer events and community outreach.

Wilmington College Therapeutic Riding Camp

The purpose of camp is to provide equine-assisted therapeutic and recreational opportunities for children with disabilities. The camp is led by staff and students from the department of occupational therapy in collaboration with the departments of equine and agriculture. Campers will enjoy a week of therapeutic horse-riding and fun, hands-on agricultural activities.

For more information, please contact Erin Bales, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, or Javonne Mullins, Assistant Professor of Agriculture.


The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation 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 The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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.

Current information concerning accreditation status is available at or by contacting:

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929