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Occupational Therapy

For exceptionally academically strong students who are interested in a career in occupational therapy, Carthage offers a dual-degree program with Washington University in St. Louis.

Students attend Carthage for three years and, upon successful completion of Carthage’s degree requirements for graduation and Washington University’s prerequisites, apply for admission by Jan. 31 to the program in occupational therapy at Washington University. Washington University is the final determinant of admission to the program. 

Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) from Washington University.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a health profession dedicated to enabling people to participate fully in their lives and to achieve self-sufficiency, social integration, improved health status, employment, and quality of life. Using strategies, techniques, and technology, occupational therapists help people of all ages to regain, develop or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive and satisfying lives.

Program requirements

At Carthage, students must major in either biology or psychology, and must complete six prerequisite courses for admission to the occupational therapy program at Washington University:

  • BIO 1040 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO 3300 Human Anatomical Systems
  • BIO 3310 Systemic Physiology
  • PYC 2850 Child and Adolescent Development
  • An additional Social Science course such as PYC 2200 Social Psychology or PYC 3850 Adult Development
  • SSC 2330 Behavioral Research Statistics.

A grade of B or better is required for each. Proficiency in medical terminology and computer competency is expected.

Applicants interested in occupational therapy programs at schools other than Washington University should examine the current catalog of the appropriate school to determine specific admission requirements.

Benefits

The 3+2 Occupational Therapy program offers many benefits:

  • Students have one less year of financial responsibility for their education.
  • Students receive mentoring from their 3+2 advisor and Washington University occupational therapy staff.
  • Because 3+2 students are invited to take part in activities and special events at Washington University’s Program in Occupational Therapy, they learn early on about all aspects of occupational therapy.

More Information

Students interested in the 3+2 Occupational Therapy program should contact program advisor Ingrid Tiegel, Professor of Psychological Science. Students can learn more about Washington University’s Program in Occupational Therapy at www.ot.wustl.edu

Ingrid Tiegel
Psychological Science Department
Carthage College
Lentz Hall 224
262-551-5857
itiegel@carthage.edu 

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