Occupational Science/Pre-OT

Using Your Degree

An OT students practices splinting a finger

St. Kate's occupational science/pre-occupational therapy major is excellent preparation for a rewarding career as an occupational therapist in many settings, including:

    "I am constantly amazed at what paths my Kate's degree leads me down."

    — Mary Evert, alumna and past president of the American Occupational Therapy Association

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private practice
  • Public schools
  • Mental health programs
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Community service centers

Occupational therapy is one of the best fields in terms of career opportunities, pay and job satisfaction, according to U.S. News and World Report. Employment opportunities are good, with a growing demand for driver rehabilitation and ergonomic consulting.

Our alumnae include:

    More than 90 percent of our students pass the National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam each year.
  • Kristin DeMartino, a pediatric occupational therapist at Partners in Excellence, a center for young children with autism.
  • Emily Rudeen, a registered occupational therapist at Courage Center, which offers services to people with disabilities.
  • Kendra Johnson, a registered occupational therapist at Fraser Child & Family Center.

You can also combine a career in research and education. Our professors are great role models. All are often teaching about occupational science and occupational therapy while carrying out their research on topics of personal interest.

Advanced study

St. Kate's is developing a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program for registered occupational therapists who hold a master's degree in any field. The program will prepare scholar practitioners for the increasing complexity of the practice. The University is currently pursuing full approval and accreditation — no official admission information is available now. For updates, see stkate.edu/graduate.

Occupational therapy assistant

St. Kate's also offers a two-year associate degree program for students interested in becoming occupational therapy assistants.