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Mary Jane Shroyer, Pre-Health Coordinator
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:
In addition, specific requirements for admission are as follows:
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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