The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-AOTA (6611)
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. The College of St. Scholastica follows the OTCAS method of calculating GPA. 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:
Five of seven required prerequisite courses must be complete (with a letter grade of C or better) at the time an application is submitted. The remaining prerequisites must be completed and grades submitted one week prior to our June start date.
Any prerequisite course taken for credit (pass/fail) in spring and/or summer of 2020 will be accepted; however, it will not count toward the prerequisite GPA. We encourage grades if there is an option between grades and pass/fail. Applications with prerequisite courses taken for credit will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
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.
*Any student may request a waiver of admission requirements through a written request to the Graduate Admissions Office. These requests must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by Oct. 15 to allow ample time for review prior to the Nov. 15 application deadline. The Department Chair may determine prerequisite course equivalencies and grant waivers for time limitations without full Admission Committee involvement. Other waiver requests may require a committee vote. Waiver of GPA and course grade minimum requirements will not be considered. The Department Chair notifies the applicant and the Graduate Admissions Counselor of waiver decisions in writing.
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.
Please see our International Admissions page for information on additional documentation that may be required.
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.
In addition to St. Scholastica’s student services, technology and health services fees, program fees of $400 are assessed four (4) times throughout the program for course materials and other expenses.
Applications will be accepted via OTCAS July to Nov. 15 for the following summer enrollment.