Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790

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

Occupational Therapy (4 + 2.5 M.S.)

Fast Facts: Occupational Therapy (4 + 2.5 M.S.)

  • 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 therapy professionals.
  • From 2012-14, 99% of OT students passed the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam on the first attempt. 

Admission to the M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy

All St. Scholastica students who apply for admission to the M.S. 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 M.S. Occupational Therapy Program) from St. Scholastica will be reviewed prior to applicants with degrees from other colleges or universities. Priority review does not mean guaranteed admission.

Eligible students can apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Admissions System (OTCAS). Application deadline is Nov. 15.


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) 652-2682,

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