Occupational Therapy

In cooperation with Washington University

Valerie Eastman, Director

The 3-2 occupational therapy program leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University and the master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) degree from Washington University in St. Louis. The student spends the first three years at Drury University and the final two years at Washington University. Upon completion of the liberal arts component, the requirements for a department major (at Drury) and a year in the occupational therapy program (at Washington University), the student will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury. After satisfactory completion of all requirements, including one more year of graduate academic work followed by six months of fieldwork, the student will earn a master of science in occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. A 3-3 occupational therapy program is also available to the student who wishes to pursue an occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) degree at Washington University. The OTD degree requires the satisfactory completion of an additional year of graduate academic work at Washington University (three years total), six months of fieldwork and four months of apprenticeship.

Prior to entering Washington University, the student must have completed at least 90 hours of transferable college credit. The specific course prerequisites for admission to Washington University include a minimum of: 

  • Life Science (3 hours)
  • Physiology (3 hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
  • Additional Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • Statistics: Behavioral, Mathematical, or Educational (3 hours)

Recommended courses at Drury include: 

The student also must meet requirements for a major and graduation at Drury.

Students who plan to have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses by the end of their junior year, have earned a grade of B or better in all prerequisite courses, and are recommended by Drury University faculty are invited to apply for admission to the MSOT program at Washington University School of Medicine. Application to Washington University should be submitted by February 1 for entrance the following fall and must include current GRE scores within the previous five years.

Students also must submit a petition to Drury’s Academic Affairs Committee requesting waiver of the senior residency. Tuition payments and financial aid awards are made to the school in which the student is currently enrolled (i.e., the first three years at Drury and the last two years at Washington University).