CSB/SJU students in pre-occupational therapy major in an area they are interested in. With a primary advisor in their major and the pre-OT advisor, they will put together a program of study that allows them to meet prerequisite coursework and apply to graduate school in occupational therapy. An entry level degree in occupational therapy is a M.S. degree.
Most CSB/SJU students who apply to graduate school in occupational therapy major in natural sciences, psychology, or biology, although majoring in other areas in certainly feasible: nutrition science, liberal studies, humanities.
The Four Year plan
This is no different than any other program of study. Students meet common requirements, requirements in their major, and work with the pre-OT advisor to meet OT prerequisite courses for a select number of programs. Students typically apply to graduate school during Fall of their senior year.
The Three-Two Plan with Washington University
The Three-Two Occupational Therapy Option offers an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years instead of the six years it typically requires. In order to participate, a student must enroll in undergraduate school at CSB/SJU. While an undergraduate, the student takes prerequisite courses for the Occupational Therapy program.
During the student's junior year of undergraduate study, application is made to the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy. Upon acceptance and successful completion of the third year of undergraduate study, the student begins the master's degree (MSOT) program. After completing the fall & spring semesters at WUOT (minimum 30 credit hours), a bachelor's degree from the undergraduate school is awarded. The student then continues another year of academic course work in order to complete the master's degree program at Washington University School of Medicine. Three-two students may also elect to apply to the doctoral degree program (OTD) and matriculate for a total of three and one-half years of graduate study.
For more information, visit Occupational Therapy at Washington University.