The 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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The OT program uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). To learn more about the application process and schedule, visit the OTCAS website. You'll find information specific to our program listed under the Participating Programs link on the left side of the page, then select College of St. Scholastica.
All St. Scholastica students who apply to the Occupational Therapy Program will be given priority review. Priority review means that applicants who have earned a degree (or will earn a degree prior to starting the OT Program) from St. Scholastica will be reviewed prior to applicants with degrees from other colleges or universities. Priority review does not mean guaranteed admission.
All applicants to the Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria in order for their application to be considered:
Note: meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. Exceptions to minimum criteria may be made at the discretion of the admissions committee. Interviews are not typically part of the admission process for the Occupational Therapy Program.
Applications that meet the above minimum eligibility criteria will be reviewed and scored by members of the admissions committee using a rubric. Applicants are ranked based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria. Quantitative measures include GRE scores (analytic writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning) and computed grade point average for all undergraduate work and prerequisite course work. Qualitative aspects of the application are scored by members of the admission committee. Areas that receive scoring include:
The 2015/2016 academic year will mark the end of the FACT admission option to the Occupational Therapy Program.
FACT is a criterion based, early admission program for the graduate Occupational Therapy Program. The program is available for first-year students at The College of St. Scholastica. Students who declare their intent to pursue a master's degree in occupational therapy will be guaranteed admission to that program after completion of their baccalaureate degree if they meet the plan criteria.
Applicants applying by the November 15, 2016, deadline for the summer 2017 entry must meet these prerequisites:
For applicants planning a June 2017 start, please note the following change: all but two prerequisite courses must be complete (with grades on transcripts) at the time of application. The remaining two prerequisites must be completed and grades submitted by June 6, 2017.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit will not be accepted for prerequisite courses. The OT Program does not give credit for work experience or credits taken while enrolled in another OT Program toward prerequisite or in-program courses.
Due to the high volume of interest in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at The College of St. Scholastica, the Office of Graduate Admissions does not review unofficial transcripts to determine the completion of prerequisite coursework. In most cases, course titles match. If you have specific questions about a particular course, please reference our transfer credit center to determine if the course meets the stated requirement.
Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended or where credit was earned must be sent to OTCAS. Instructions are indicated on the OTCAS application.
If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.
As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.
Applications will be accepted via OTCAS July 19 - November 15 for the following summer enrollment.