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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:
Any biology course 300 or above; suggested courses include but are not limited to comparative anatomy, genetics, botany, and ecology.
BIOL 328 Physiology
PSYC 277 Clinical and Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 203 Developmental Psychology
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.
Note: Admission decisions may be made prior to the December 15 deadline. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application process well in advance of the deadline. Contact the Pre-Health Program Advisor for additional information.