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

(301) 652-AOTA

Admissions Requirements and Checklist

Post-baccalaureate phase-in

The Occupational Therapy program is transitioning from a  3 + 2 1/2 program to a post-baccalaureate program and a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0 with the phase-in beginning in 2012. Please refer to the phase-in schedule for additional information.

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.


B.A./B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution or a dual-degree plan for completing the baccalaureate degree during the OT program must be in place for St. Scholastica students. No specific baccalaureate major is required

Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.7

Complete all prerequisites with a grade of C or better and within 10 years of application

Complete a minimum of 40 hours of observation with an Occupational Therapist. Observation experience in more than one clinical setting is preferred.  It is suggested that applicants aim for a minimum of 20 hours in two different clinical settings that address the needs of distinct patient/client populations. Additional hours beyond 40 will be viewed favorably.

GRE scores obtained within the 5 years prior to application and sent to institution code 6107

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. Exceptions to minimum criteria may be made at the discretion of the admissions committee.

First-Year Admission Criteria Track (FACT)

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 three years of undergraduate work if they meet the plan criteria. Please note the phase-in schedule from the 3+ option to the post-baccalaureate program.

Standard Admissions Track | Prerequisites

Prerequisites for Fall 2014 entry

Applicants applying by the Dec. 15, 2013, deadline for the fall 2014 entry must meet these prerequisites:

  • General Psychology
  • Lifespan Development Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II (or human anatomy and human physiology courses)
  • Pathophysiology
  • An introductory Sociology or Anthropology course
  • Medical Terminology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Physics 

Prerequisites for Fall 2015 and beyond

Applicants applying by the Dec. 15, 2014, deadline for the fall 2015 entry must meet these prerequisites:

  • General Psychology
  • Lifespan Development Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II (or human anatomy and human physiology courses)
  • An introductory Sociology or Anthropology course
  • Medical Terminology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Courses in physics, pathophysiology, and abnormal psychology are recommended

Application Checklist

  1. Submit an OTCAS application (reference OTCAS for application instructions/requirements)
  2. Submit contact information (in OTCAS application) for three people to submit recommendation information/letters on your behalf.
  3. Send official GRE scores to institution number 6107
  4. If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.
  5. Complete interviews with faculty of the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee
  6. Discuss financing your education with One Stop early in the application process by calling (877) 287-8716. 
  7. Applications completed by the December 15 deadline will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and an admissions decision.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted via OTCAS July - Nov. 14 for the following fall enrollment.

After Acceptance

  • Submit Decision Response Form
  • Submit $250 non-refundable deposit
  • Meet specific health requirements Submit both state and federal background checks.  Prior misdemeanor and/or felony convictions may prohibit a student from completing fieldwork and/or being able to sit for the NBCOT certification exam and/or being granted state licensure.


The College of St. Scholastica is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.


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(877) 287-8731