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The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
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admissions@css.edu

Steve Cope, Sc.D.
Department Chair
Science Center, Room 2123
(218) 723-5915
scope@css.edu

Occupational Therapy (4 + 2.5 M.S.)

Program Facts

  • Students learn how to effectively enable people to improve their daily life skills and gain as much independence as possible.
  • Through the college's on-campus community clinic, occupational therapy (OT) students are able to apply their learning, gain hands-on experience, and serve a very real community need.
  • The program's cadaver lab, located on-campus, gives students an in-depth understanding of how the human body works.
  • The program's rigorous learning and clinical experiences shape students into qualified, high-caliber, occupational therapist professionals.
  • St. Scholastica students have higher than average pass rates on the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
  • First-year students at St. Scholastica can apply to the FACT program, which guarantees entrance to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program for those who meet specific criteria.

Admission to the M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy

Students can gain entrance to the program through either the First-Year Admission Criteria track (FACT) or the standard admission track.

  • FACT Admission: First-year students can apply to the FACT program and be guaranteed entrance after undergraduate coursework - providing they meet all plan requirements and space is available in the program.
  • Standard Admission: Eligible students can apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Admissions System (OTCAS). Application deadline is Nov. 14. The initial acceptance pool is comprised of 16 qualified FACT students and 16 qualified St. Scholastica and transfer students.Accreditation

Accreditation

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.

Fieldwork Possibilities

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. 

Career Outlook

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.

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  • "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