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Occupational Therapy


Lisa Harris

Director of the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study and Health Professions Advising

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


Fax: 309-341-7166


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Knox-Washington University 3-2 Occupational Therapy Program

Knox has an affiliation agreement with Washington University in St. Louis, whose occupational therapy program is among the top-ranked in the nation. The affiliation agreement means that Knox students can finish their bachelor's and master's degrees within five and a half years.  During the first three years as an undergraduate at Knox, the student takes the requirements for his or her major and prerequisites for the Program in Occupational Therapy. 

Accepted applicants enroll as full-time occupational therapy students at Washington University in St. Louis during their senior year.  Upon successful completion of the first year of graduate courses in occupational therapy, you are awarded a bachelor's degree from Knox and then continue on to complete a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree from Washington University, reducing total time in school by one full year.

Knox's strengths in the life sciences provide excellent preparation for the occupational therapy entrance requirements -- whether at Washington University or another graduate school. We also emphasize community service and volunteer work, which can be a significant enhancement to a graduate school application in occupational therapy and other health-related fields.

Prior to starting at Washington University, you must:

  • receive at least 27 credits with at least a 3.25 grade point average
  • be in residence on the Knox campus at least six terms and have earned at least 18 Knox credits
  • complete all the requirements for the Knox degree except the requirements for a second area of specialization, for total credits, and that the last credit and terms before the degree be in residence. Note that all prerequisite coursework for the MSOT must be completed with a grade of B or higher
  • be recommended for the program by the Dean of the College or, upon request, by the faculty program advisor
  • complete the OTCAS online application by December 15 of the third year. Completion of the GRE exam is not required.

Knox-Washington University Course Requirements

Life Science

Any biology course 300 or above; suggested courses include but are not limited to comparative anatomy, neuroscience, genetics, botany, and ecology. 


BIOL 328 Physiology

Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 277 Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

Developmental Psychology

PSYC 203 Developmental Psychology

Social Science

Any course in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology


STAT 200 Introductory Statistics or PSYC 281 Research Methods and Statistics I

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

The deadline for early decision applicants is December 1 before midnight, Central Time. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application process well in advance of the deadline. Contact the Pre-Health Program Advisor for additional information.

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