The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790
Steve Cope, Sc.D.
Science Center, Room 2123
Fast Facts: Occupational Therapy (4 + 2.5 M.S.)
Students can gain entrance to the program through either the First-Year Admission Criteria track (FACT) or the standard admission track.
The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, www.acoteonline.org.
The St. Scholastica occupational therapy program has contracts with more than 350 sites in Minnesota and across the country where students are placed for their Level I and II Fieldwork. These sites include hospitals, long-term care and sub-acute settings, community-based programs, schools, and rehabilitation centers for children and adults.
The job outlook for the occupational therapy profession is extremely positive. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 29 percent increase by 2020 in the number of positions for OT professionals, mainly due to the increasing number of elderly people and school-aged children who require these services. Graduates of St. Scholastica's Occupational Therapy Program are highly regarded; many receive job offers from the sites where they completed their fieldwork.
The salary prospects for occupational therapists are equally good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median salary for OTs as $75,400. Many St. Scholastica graduates work in Duluth and the surrounding areas, although positions are plentiful in other parts of the region and country.
"Therapists can tell when students are from St. Scholastica by their clinical experience, comfort level when interacting with other disciplines and clients, and overall professionalism. I want to thank the entire OT Department for preparing me for fieldwork. Without you, I would not have had the success I've had thus far!"
– Lynne F, Occupational Therapy Graduate Student