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Dual-Degree Program

The American Occupational Therapy Association reequires 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.

Courses taken before admission to the dual degree program:

  • PSYC 2020: 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:

  • OSOT 5010: Occupational Science Foundations
  • OSOT 5200: Mental Health Theory and Service Delivery
  • OSOT 5020: Occupational Science: Community and Justice
  • OSOT 5410: Pediatric Theory and Service Delivery
  • OSOT 5030: Ethics and Advocacy

  • BIOL 2510: Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 2520: Human Physiology
  • INDI 2220: Medical Terminology
  • PSYC 1001: General Psychology with Lab
  • PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology (also OS major course)
  • PSYC 3010: Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics (ECON 2250, MATH 1100, PSYC 2050)
  • OSOT 5500: Neuroscience
  • OSOT 6000: Skills I: Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • OSOT 6310: Evidence Based Practice
  • OSOT 6010: Fieldwork Seminar A
  • OSOT 5210: Mental Health Practice
  • OSOT 5600: Clinical Kinesiology
  • OSOT 6020: Fieldwork Seminar B
  • OSOT 5450: Pediatric Practice
  • OSOT 6100: Skills II: Biochemical Concepts
  • OSOT 6030: Fieldwork Seminar C
  • OSOT 6610: Rehabilitation Theory and Service Delivery

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Admission options

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.