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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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. Exceptions to minimum criteria may be made at the discretion of the admissions committee. 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:
The 2015/2016 academic year marked the end of the FACT admission option to the Occupational Therapy Program. St. Scholastica students who are currently in the FACT program for admission in the summer of 2018 or 2019 are guaranteed admission to the OT Program assuming they maintain the necessary criteria (see below).
All St. Scholastica students not on a FACT program who apply to the Occupational Therapy Program for admission 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.
FACT was a criterion-based early admission program into the graduate Occupational Therapy Program. Those students currently in the FACT program with plans to start the OT Program in June of 2018 or 2019 will be guaranteed admission to the program after completing an undergraduate degree, if they meet the FACT criteria.
Students currently on a FACT program are required to maintain their status as a FACT applicant by doing the following:
Students in the FACT program are still required to submit the completed OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service) application in the fall of senior year. See admission requirements.
All but two prerequisite courses must be complete (with grades on transcripts) at the time of application. The remaining two prerequisites must be completed and grades submitted one week prior to our June start date.
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.
If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.
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.
Applications will be accepted via OTCAS July 19 - November 15 for the following summer enrollment.