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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., OT/L
Department Chair
Science Center, Room 2123
(218) 723-5915

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Fast Facts: Pre-Occupational Therapy 

  • Becoming an occupational therapist requires a master's degree, which means students first need to complete an undergraduate degree. One of the most common undergraduate majors for pre-OT students is psychology, but any major is acceptable, including health humanities.
  • Pre-OT advisors can help students identify the prerequisite courses needed for OT graduate school.
  • Network with other undergraduate pre-OT students by joining St. Scholastica's Student Occupational Therapy Association.
  • St. Scholastica offers a M.S. Occupational Therapy program. St. Scholastica gives priority review to M.S. Occupational Therapy applicants with a CSS undergraduate degree. Priority review does not mean guaranteed admission.   


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,

Graduates of the St. Scholastica M.S. Occupational Therapy program earn high pass rates on the NBCOT Exam.

Career Outlook

The job outlook for the occupational therapy profession is extremely positive. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 27 percent increase by 2024 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 2014 median salary for OTs as $78,810. Many St. Scholastica graduates work in Duluth and the surrounding areas, although positions are available in other parts of the region and country.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you may potentially take in preparation for graduate school. Please note that you may not need all of these courses to fulfill your graduate school pre-requisites. This list doesn't necessarily include courses needed for your major or general education requirements. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse PSC 1501 - Short Course in Physics

Selected topics from introductory physics for students who wish or need an understanding of physical concepts for their professional or personal enrichment. Some hands-on activities. Topics include force and motion, energy, waves, momentum, fluid mechanics, heat, sound, light, electricity and magnetism. Problem solving at the level of elementary algebra.

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  • "My OT experience has been metamorphic so far. The first time I set foot in an occupational therapy room, I was astounded by the palpable energy. The OTs I shadowed made the word 'therapy' a verb; there was no such thing as a passive session."

    – Joy Anderson, '16