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Pre-Occupational Therapy courses


Biology: LORI SCOTT, Professor
B.S., Manchester; M.S., Ph.D., Illinois State

Psychology: LISA SZAFRAN, Assistant Professor
B.A., Nazareth College; M.A. & Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo

Students interested in occupational therapy (OT) as a career have two options available to them at Augustana.

The first option requires completion of the Bachelor of Arts prior to matriculation into an occupational therapy graduate program. While fulfilling Augustana's degree requirements and completing a major of their choice , students also complete a specified pre-occupational therapy curriculum consisting of courses in biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, classics, and possibly physics, and mathematics depending on the graduate program they wish to apply to. Clinical occupational therapy experience is often a requirement for admission to a graduate program. Opportunities to gain such experience may be arranged through CORE with local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.

The second option is a coordinated degree program in occupational therapy with Washington University in St. Louis. In this program, the student spends three years at Augustana followed by either two years (Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree) or three years (Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy) at Washington University. The student can choose a major in any field, but all graduate program pre-requisites must be met prior to matriculation. Prior to attending Washington University, the student must: 1) complete all Augustana general education courses, with the exception of the last 30-credits at the 300+ level; 2) major requirements unless waived by the appropriate department (with the possible exception of BIOL358/Neuroanatomy* for the biology major.) *If the student plans to transfer WU's Neurobiology credits back to Augustana to be applied toward the biology major, then BIOL358 cannot be taken.

It is important to check on requirements of the WU OT graduate program on a regular basis, as pre-requisites and other application requirements may change. The prerequisite courses for Washington's program currently include human physiology (prerequisites: two terms of general chemistry, and cell biology), an upper level life science, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and statistics (prerequisite: general psychology), a second area in the social sciences and competency in medical terminology and word processing. Prerequisite course grades cannot be below a B. Acceptance into the 3:2 (MS) or 3:3 (OTD) WUOT programs is not guaranteed. It is a highly competitive process, and all applicants are considered based on their merits and achievements. Once enrolled at Washington University, the student transfers as many as 30 appropriate 300-level credits to Augustana to complete remaining requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.