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Occupational Therapy

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Cooperative Program

Program Advisor

Judith Thorn, Biology

Students interested in occupational therapy may combine study at Knox College and Washington University School of Medicine’s program in Occupational Therapy. Students spend three years of study at Knox and then continue their study at the cooperating university. After one year of successful study at Washington, a student earns a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox, assuming all Knox College graduation requirements have been fulfilled. Upon successful completion of an additional year at Washington University, a student earns a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree.

Prior to starting study at Washington University, a Knox student must:

  • have received at least 27 credits with at least a 3.25 grade point average
  • have been in residence on the Knox Campus at least 6 terms and have earned at least 18 Knox credits
  • have completed all the requirements for the Knox degree except the requirements for the major, for total credits, and that the last credit and terms before the degree be in residence 
  • be recommended for the program by the Dean of the College or, upon request, by the faculty program advisor.

Professional work in occupational therapy requires the application of scientific knowledge to the treatment of physical or mental dysfunction which impairs people's abilities to engage in meaningful life activities. In addition to taking specified courses in biology and psychology, students in this program are expected to pursue courses in statistics and the social sciences while at Knox. The work at the cooperating University provides clinical training and experience.

Students interested in this program should contact the program advisor early to discuss the specific requirements and to plan their courses accordingly.