Occupational Therapy Department

Developing clinical reasoning through hands-on practice 

The Occupational Therapy master's degree program is designed to provide entry-level graduate education in the field of occupational therapy. Students learn entry-level skills and techniques that will help them meet the wide-ranging needs of diverse populations. They develop the ability to apply these skills through effective clinical reasoning based on a solid theoretical foundation of human function.

To get an Occupational Therapy degree:

Students are expected to:
1. Successfully complete didactic course requirements of the St. Scholastica Occupational Therapy entry-level masters program;
2. Take all courses in sequence; if a student fails a course, he or she must retake that course when it is next available which may require the student to stop out of the OT Program resulting in a delay of graduation;
3. Maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0 while in the Occupational Therapy Program;
4. Successfully complete the Level I and II Fieldwork experiences. All Level II Fieldwork experiences must be completed within 24 months of completion of academic coursework;
5. Complete 81 credits of the OT curriculum.
6. Complete OT Program within 7 years.

To get certified and licensed as an Occupational Therapist:

All occupational therapy practitioners must graduate from an accredited occupational therapy program and pass the national certification examination in order to practice. In addition, most states require occupational therapy practitioners to be licensed.

Upon completion of all academic and fieldwork requirements of the Occupational Therapy Program, students are awarded a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Graduates of the Program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Information about NBCOT and the certification examination can be found at www.nbcot.org

A student with a felony conviction should discuss this with the Department Chair of the Occupational Therapy Program. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. An individual, who has a felony background and is considering entering an occupational therapy program, can have his or her background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam by requesting an Early Determination Review. See http://www.nbcot.org/early-determination-character-review.

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Department Office

Steve Cope, Chair

Science Bldg Rm 2123
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 723-5915
Email: scope@css.edu


Shaped by the Benedictine values, the Department of Occupational Therapy develops thoughtful, innovative, collaborative and practice ready health care professionals who are engaged in lifelong learning and responsive to the occupational needs of a diverse global society.


Through faculty guided experiential learning, the Department of Occupational Therapy prepares occupational therapists who will:

  • Facilitate participation in life occupations for people of all ages and abilities
  • Provide population-based occupational therapy intervention that addresses identified community needs in multiple contexts
  • Influence the future of the profession through the use of science-driven evidence-based practice, scholarship and ethical leadership

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OT: A "best-job" career

CareerCast.com, in the Wall Street Journal April 10, 2012, listed occupational therapy as #7 in the best jobs of 2012.