Occupational Therapy

Saint Louis University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program, offered through the Doisy College of Health Sciences, prepares you to practice occupational therapy and treat patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities and occupations.

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About the Program

There are several entry points to the Master of Occupational Therapy program. If you meet all program requirements, you can apply at the post baccalaureate level. Alternatively, you can enter SLU's Bachelor of Occupational Science program as a freshman or apply as a transfer student, progressing directly into the master’s program if all the program requirements are met. 

SLU’s occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

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Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Fieldwork is an integral and complementary part of SLU’s OT curriculum. It provides you with an opportunity to apply what you are learning throughout your liberal arts and professional coursework. OT students at SLU participate in two levels of fieldwork.

Level I fieldwork is the applied experience that is coordinated with coursework during the fall and spring of year one, and the fall of your second year in the program. These hands-on experiences are designed to allow you to observe and gain experience with clients who are receiving OT services.

Level II fieldwork is in-depth practice experience in the delivery of occupational therapy services to clients. This fieldwork promotes professional reasoning and reflective practice skills, to prepare you for practice as a competent entry-level therapist.

OT students at SLU who choose to pursue a master's project are matched with a faculty member who mentors their development of a comprehensive project that is closely associated with the faculty member's scholarship. Through this process and concurrent applied research seminars, you’ll have opportunities to gain an understanding of the research process in a practice setting or the academic environment.

Program Highlights

You’ll enjoy individualized and small learning group opportunities within your classes and community/field work that are committed to teaching, in the Jesuit tradition, the whole person — mind, body and spirit. Every OT student at SLU is paired with a faculty mentor and encouraged to seek their guidance throughout the programs. Along with this faculty partnership, you’ll have opportunities for research, practice and service projects that prepare you to meet the occupational needs of individuals across the human lifespan.

Curriculum and Program Details

 Required courses for SLU’s OT program include:

  • Gross Anatomy
  • Clinical Conditions and Phenomenology
  • Kinesiology
  • Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy for Aging Adults
  • Applied Research
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy in Behavioral Health
  • Occupational Therapy and Assessment of Children and Infants
Careers

Graduates of SLU’s occupational therapy program are eligible for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successfully completing this exam and obtaining licensure, you will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).

The 2015 median annual salary for an occupational therapist was $80,150, according to the Bureau of Labor. Occupational therapists seek employment in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Offices of physical and occupational therapists
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Home health care services
Tuition and Fees

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Accreditation and Program Outcomes
 The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-2682. Information on accreditation standards can be found on their website. The total number of program graduates for the last 3 years, 2014-2016, is 160 out of 173 students admitted to the program during that period, for a 3 year graduation rate of 92.5%. Learn more about program outcomes, technical standards and more program information.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

 


Post-Baccalaureate Applicant Criteria

Prerequisites

Post-baccalaureate applicants to SLU’s OT program are required to have completed nine prerequisite courses (listed below), earning a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA:

  • Biology with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Chemistry with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Basic anatomy (3 credit hours)
  • Physiology (3 credit hours)
  • Physics (3 credit hours)
  • Lifespan human development (3 credit hours)
  • Abnormal psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Research methods (3 credit hours)
  • Medical terminology

All nine prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. Grades below a "C" will  not be accepted. It is recommended that science courses be taken at a four-year university, but community college coursework will be accepted. Science courses taken online will not be accepted.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the application deadline. Transcripts must be submitted to the OTCAS system and will not be accepted by SLU.

GRE Scores

There is no minimum score requirement. The average GRE scores of admitted students are:

  • Quantitative: 150
  • Verbal: 152
  • Writing: 4

Apply through the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS). The OTCAS is a centralized service that enables prospective occupational therapy students to submit all application materials electronically. Application materials that must be submitted to OTCAS include:

 

Application Requirements

Official transcripts
Test scores
Two professional letters of reference
Personal essay up to 500 words, which should be a discussion of your experiences in the field and reasons why you want to pursue a degree in occupational therapy.

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Students should apply by Jan. 15.

Review Process

The application period for SLU’s OT program begins in mid-July. All applications are due by Jan. 15. Interviews will be conducted throughout February and all final decisions will be made and communicated by March 1.