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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First-Year Admission Criteria Track (FACT)

OT FACT Program Being Phased Out

The 2015/2016 academic year will mark the end of the FACT admission option to the Occupational Therapy Program. Up to 16 students who are freshman in the summer of 2015 may apply to the FACT Program and be eligible for guaranteed admission for the OT class beginning in the summer of 2019. St. Scholastica students who are currently on a FACT list for admission in the summer of 2016, 2017 or 2018 are guaranteed admission to the OT Program assuming they maintain the necessary overall and prerequisite GPA.

All St. Scholastica students who apply to the Occupational Therapy Program for admission in the summer of 2016 and thereafter 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.

A criterion-based program for first-year students at St. Scholastica.

FACT is a criterion-based early admission program into the graduate Occupational Therapy Program. The program is available for first-year students at The College of St. Scholastica.

A limited number of first-year students who declare their intent to pursue a Master's (M.S.) Degree in Occupational Therapy will be guaranteed admission to the program after completing an undergraduate degree, if they meet the plan criteria.

FACT criteria:

  1. Register as a FACT student with the Graduate Admissions office by the end of the first year (deadline for application is May 1.) The first 16 qualified applicants will be accepted into the FACT program. 
  2. Complete all prerequisite courses for the Occupational Therapy Entry-level Master's program.
  3. Maintain an overall and a prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 with a grade of 2.7 or better in all prerequisite courses. If a student's overall or prerequsite GPA falls below 3.0 at any time, they will be removed from the FACT track.
  4. Obtain a minimum grade of 3.0 on the first year English composition course.
  5. Attend FACT advising session each semester.

Submit the completed OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Admission System) application in the fall of senior year. See admission requirements.

Benefits to the FACT applicant include guaranteed admission into the program, continuous access and interaction with a program faculty member, and exemption from the application interview.

First-year students who have enough credits (when they arrive at college) to make them sophomores (or higher) may apply as early FACT applicants only if there are less than 16 FACT applicants in the class with whom they apply.

Apply for FACT

  1. Create an account
  2. Select Graduate Application
  3. Fill in the required information
  4. Select the program: Occupational Therapy First Year Admissions Track (FACT)
  5. Submit your application

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