3-2 Occupational Therapy Dual-Degree

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.

How You Will Earn a B.A. Degree from Drury

  1. Complete the Drury liberal arts component
  2. Complete requirements for a department major at Drury
  3. Complete the courses listed below
  4. A year in the occupational therapy program at Washington University

How You Will Earn a M.S. Occupational Therapy from Washington University

  1. Satisfactory completion of all academic requirements
  2. One more year of graduate academic work at Washington University
  3. Complete six months of fieldwork

The 3-3 Dual-Degree Program Option

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:

  1. Satisfactory completion of an additional year of graduate academic work at Washington University (three years total)
  2. Six months of fieldwork
  3. Four months of apprenticeship

Washington University Admission Requirements

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 the following:

  • Upper Level 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: 

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.

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.

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
3 credit hours

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

PSYC 230: Life Span 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.

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.

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.


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.


MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

 It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. 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.

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

Applying to Washington University

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 January 15 for entrance the following fall.

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).