Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level)
With St. Catherine University's nationally ranked Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT) or Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD-EL), you receive an excellent entry-level education in occupational therapy based on an occupational science and liberal arts foundation.
Format: Weekdays on our St. Paul, MN campus
Completion time: 2.5 years (MAOT) or 3.25 (OTD-EL)
Credits: 72 (MAOT) or 100 (OTD-EL)
Cost per credit (2021–2022): $1,132 | Full cost of attendance
Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans, employer tuition benefits, or scholarships.
Fieldwork, Teamwork, and Experiences Abroad
The graduate OT science-based curriculum is interwoven with the University’s liberal arts education, and provides you with a foundation in four major populations and practice areas: pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, and rehabilitation. You’ll complete courses in each specialty, examine critical research, and engage in practical fieldwork to hone your ability to practice in multiple areas. Teams of students work together to problem-solve sample cases, examining how clients fit into society, what issues they have in the workplace and at home, and what funding they need.
Multicultural experiences in communities across the U.S. and abroad deepen your understanding of how culture influences healthcare delivery. Opportunities for fieldwork in diverse settings allow you to deepen your understanding of populations and cultures, and share caring strategies with health professionals here and abroad.
The OT entry-level degrees are rigorous, full-time programs. Students must plan carefully to balance the demands of graduate school with other work, family, and community obligations.
Careers in Occupational Therapy
The demand for OTs is increasing as baby boomers age and the field expands, opening up opportunities for you to practice in a variety of environments. With a graduate degree in occupational therapy from St. Kate's, you’ll possess the foundation for a meaningful career as a caring, creative, and knowledgeable professional.
Our current students and alumni are frequent presenters at professional conferences, active in occupational therapy and interdisciplinary professional associations, and sought after by employers.