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Occupational Therapy

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Cooperative Program

Program Advisor
Mary Jane Shroyer, Pre-Health Coordinator

Cooperating Faculty
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 during their junior year may apply to Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy to continue their study at the cooperating university. After one year of successful study at Washington University, 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.

The Program in Occupational Therapy prepares generalist clinicians with the knowledge and skills to work as direct care providers, consultants, educators, managers and advocates for clients. The program also includes the option for students to study with experienced community clinicians, community agency administrators or faculty scientists. Students have exposure to participation, public health, aging, work and industry, children and youth, mental health and neurorehabilitation. An experiential portion of the curriculum — six months of full-time fieldwork supervised by experienced clinicians—follows the normal two years of academic coursework.

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.

To be eligible for this combined degree program, students must complete an academic major and fulfill all of the general education requirements for the Knox B.A. in their three years at Knox, with the exception of the second field of study; pre-occupational therapy work at Knox together with O.T. courses taken the first year at Washington University will be considered equivalent to completing a second field. 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 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.
  • take the GRE exam and fill out the OTCAS application online by December 15th of the third year.  Admission decisions may be made prior to the deadline. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application process well in advance of the deadline.

In addition, specific requirements for admission are as follows:

  • One course in the life sciences at the 300- level or above; no lab is required. Suggested Knox College courses include but are not limited to human anatomy, comparative anatomy, genetics, and ecology
  • BIOL 328
  • PSYC 203, 277
  • One course in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology
  • Stat 200 or PSYC 281

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher. At least four of the six required courses must be completed before the application deadline.

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

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Printed on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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