About the Pre-Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational therapists are skilled professionals involved in helping individuals cope with the effects of injury, disease and disability, and to regain independence in their daily lives. OTs enter the health field with a bachelor’s, a master’s or a doctoral degree. Emphasis in education is placed on the study of human growth and development in addition to the specific social, emotional and physiological components of injury, disease and disability.

Students wishing to apply to a school of occupational therapy must complete their undergraduate degree from Drury University and take the GRE no more than five years prior to applying.

Drury's pre-occupational therapy program is actually a 3-2 occupational therapy program that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University and a 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 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) along with nine months of fieldwork.

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; and statistics (behavioral, mathematical, or educational), 3 hours. The student must also meet requirements for a major and graduation at Drury.

Students who plan to have satisfactorily completed these requirements 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 January 31 for entrance the following fall and must include current GRE scores within the previous five years.

Students must also submit a petition to Drury's Academic Affairs Committee requesting waiver of the senior residency. Tuition payments and financial aid awards are made respective 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).

Students wishing to apply to a school of occupational therapy must complete their undergraduate degree from Drury University and take the GRE no more than five years prior to applying.

Students planning to pursue graduate education in OT should complete the following courses:

Program Curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the expectations of academic work at the collegiate level. Particular emphasis lies on developing students’ skills in writing, critical thinking and information literacy. Each course section has its own theme, developed by faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines.

BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 115 or CHEM 238
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition, regulation of these processes will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in biology or related disciplines.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  One year of high school algebra. 
A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.


BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.  Co-requisite:  BSCI 275-L. 
This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential techniques behavioral scientists use to help guide decision?making. Emphasis is given to hypothesis testing, to include coverage of t?tests, one?way ANOVA, regression, and correlation, as well as APA?formatting issues.

BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
1 credit hours

Co-requisite:  BSCI 275. 
A laboratory to complement Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. SPSS basics are emphasized.

PHYS 211: General Physics I
5 credit hours

Co-requisite:  MATH 231. 
The principles of Newtonian mechanics including motion, energy, and force. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format integrated laboratory and lecture emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered fall semester.

BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
4 credit hours

An introduction to the gross and microscopic anatomy of the human body. Mammalian examples of major systems are studied in the laboratory. Lecture and laboratory.

BIOL 206: Human Physiology
4 credit hours

This course examines the organization and function of the human body as a whole and the interrelations of its various systems, organs, tissues, and cells. Lecture and laboratory.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
3 credit hours

This is a survey course providing a study of the behavior of living organisms, particularly human behavior. Typical problems are methods and measurement in psychology, theoretical systems, learning, motivation, perception, personality and psychopathology.

BIOL 250: Foundations of Medical Terminology
3 credit hours

This course examines the various aspects of medical terminology including word origins, definitions, spelling and pronunciation.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
3 credit hours

An analysis of factors that are significant in the development of people as social beings. Consideration is given to the social group and culture as factors in this process.

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101
Following a brief introduction to personality theories, the course focuses on the etiology, classification and treatment of behavior disorders.

PSYC 230: Lifespan Development
3 credit hours

Study of the major theories of and influences on human development from conception through death, including the biological, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and cultural dimensions of development. Special emphasis on change processes.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. 
Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.

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