Dual Degree Program

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Dual Degree Program

The American Occupational Therapy Association requires a master's degree to enter the profession. With St. Kate's dual-degree program in occupational science/pre-occupational therapy, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science and a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT) — ready to become a registered occupational therapist.

St. Kate's MAOT program is rated among the top 21 occupational therapy graduate programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Students typically complete our dual-degree program in five-and-one-half to six years.

We have several admission options »

Academic plan

The dual degree occupational science/ occupational therapy program is offered in both day and weekend formats and includes intensive coursework as well as fieldwork and clinical time.

Core Courses

Courses taken before admission to the dual degree program:

  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology (Also supporting work)

Any two courses from the following options:

  • Public Health/ Community Health
  • Communications Studies
  • Sociology (course level above 2000)

Courses taken after admission to the dual degree program:

  • Occupational Science Foundations
  • Mental Health Theory and Service Delivery
  • Occupational Science: Community and Justice
  • Pediatric Theory and Service Delivery
  • Ethics and Advocacy

Prerequisites

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • General Psychology with Lab
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology (also OS major course)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics

Additional Coursework

  • Neuroscience
  • Skills I: Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Fieldwork Seminar A
  • Mental Health Practice
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Fieldwork Seminar B
  • Pediatric Practice
  • Skills II: Biochemical Concepts
  • Fieldwork Seminar C
  • Rehabilitation Theory and Service Delivery

Admission options

Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP)

High school students who apply to the University on or before February 15 of their senior year are given priority consideration for admission to the dual degree GAP program. Up to 20 students are admitted to GAP each year and are selected based on GPA, SAT or ACT score, and a review of their application to the University. Minimum criteria for the GAP program are a high school GPA of 3.0 and an ACT score of 22 or better or an SAT score of 1,020 or better. Students admitted to the GAP program must meet MAOT admission criteria (overall GPA of 3.0 and supporting work GPA of 2.75) by February 1 of their junior year to continue in the major.

Standard Application Process

You may apply to the dual degree program by February 1 of your sophomore year for priority consideration. Applicants must meet admission criteria for the dual degree program (overall GPA of 3.0 and supporting work GPA of 2.75).

Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy Program

This option is designed for students who are completing a B.A. or B.S. in another major. You complete a baccalaureate degree, including the prerequisite courses for the MAOT program, and apply for admission to the MAOT program.