Pre-Occupational Therapy

St. Catherine University offers two alternatives for completing the Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT). A dual-degree program is available to undergraduate students resulting in a B.A. or B.S. degree in select majors (see below and Dual Degree Programs tab), and a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT). The graduate entry level MAOT program is available to students who have completed a B.A. or B.S. in another major. The graduate program is available in the day and weekend formats.

There are three options for admission to the dual-degree program and the master of arts in occupational therapy (MAOT). Each option requires completion of the following prerequisite courses.

Prerequisites

It is strongly recommended that all prerequisite courses be completed within the past 10 years.

BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 3010Understanding Psychological Disorders4
INDI 2220Medical Terminology2
or IPE 1030 Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology
Select one of the following:4
Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Biostatistics
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis with Corequisite
Statistical Analysis

Option 1: Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP)

Students may apply to the University and to the guaranteed admission program during their senior year in high school. Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for consideration for the MAOT guaranteed admission program:

Required:

  • ACT score of 24 or better
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Declare one of the four dual-degree majors (see below) as intended area of study

Select students are admitted to the guaranteed admission program each year. Students who apply on or before February 15 of their senior year will be given priority consideration for admission to the program.

Option 2: Standard Application Process for the Dual-Degree MAOT Program

In this option, students enter one of the University's pre-occupational therapy areas of study in communication studies, exercise and sport science, psychology, or public health: public policy that include all MAOT prerequisites, liberal arts core requirements and major course work in the particular field of study.

Students are eligible to apply to the MAOT program in their junior year provided all MAOT admission requirements have been met. Applicants must complete a dual degree application and meet all other admission criteria for consideration to the program including:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better

  • Prerequisite course work GPA of 3.2 or better

  • Have met with a pre-occupational therapy advisor
  • At least five of the prerequisite courses completed before applying to the MAOT program, including at least two from the sciences (anatomy, physiology, statistics)
  • Only one prerequisite course may be repeated, and it may not be repeated more than once
  • If two or more prerequisite courses have a grade lower than a C the student is ineligible for the dual-degree program

Students accepted into the MAOT for their senior year will be granted a B.A. or B. S. degree after successful completion of the first year of the MAOT program if they have met all graduation requirements. The student’s major will be public health: public policy, applied science in communication studies, applied science in exercise and sport science, or applied science in psychology. Students continue with approximately one more year of graduate-level occupational therapy coursework to complete the MAOT degree.

Students who are not accepted into the MAOT program can complete a major in communication studies, exercise and sport science, psychology, or public health: public policy. The curriculum for each of the areas of study is listed on the Dual Degree Programs tab.

Option 3: Entry-Level Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy Program

This option is designed for students who have completed a B.A. or B.S. in another major. 

Students are eligible to apply to the MAOT program provided all MAOT admission requirements have been met. Applicants must apply to the program using the OTCAS online application system and meet all admission criteria for consideration to the program including:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better

  • Prerequisite course work GPA of 3.2 or better

  • Have met with a pre-occupational therapy advisor
  • At least five of the prerequisite courses completed before applying to the MAOT program, including at least two from the sciences (anatomy, physiology, statistics)
  • Only one prerequisite course may be repeated, and it may not be repeated more than once
  • If two or more prerequisite courses have a grade lower than a C the student is ineligible for the entry-level Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy program

For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission or the Department Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University.

The curriculum for each of the dual degree programs - communication studies, exercise and sport science, psychology, and public health: public policy - is listed below.

Communication Studies

This major is available in the College for Women only.

Required Prerequisite Courses (pre-OT)
BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
INDI 2220Medical Terminology2
or IPE 1030 Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 3010Understanding Psychological Disorders4
Select one of the following:4
Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Biostatistics
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis with Corequisite
Statistical Analysis
Communication Studies Core Courses
COMM 1000WIntroduction to Communication: Women and Social Change4
COMM 1020Interpersonal Communication4
COMM 1030Speaking to Lead and Influence4
COMM 2050Media, Culture and Society4
COMM 2090Small Group Communication4
COMM 3070WGender and Rhetoric4
COMM 3090Communication in Organizations4
COMM 4600Leadership and the Art of Persuasion4
Applied Science Courses Taken After Admission to Dual Degree Program
OSOT 5010Occupational Science - Person in Context with Lab3
OSOT 5200Mental Health I3
OSOT 5210Mental Health II with Lab3
OSOT 5410Pediatrics I3
OSOT 5500Neuroscience3
OSOT 5560Technology and Participation3
OSOT 5600Clinical Kinesiology with Lab3
OSOT 6000Skills I: Introduction to Occupational Therapy3
OSOT 6010Fieldwork Seminar A1
OSOT 6020Fieldwork Seminar B1
OSOT 6310Evidence Based Practice with Lab3
Total Credits87
Core Graduate Courses Taken After Completion of B.A. or B.S. Degree
OSOT 5450Pediatrics II with Lab3
OSOT 6030Fieldwork Seminar C1
OSOT 6040Fieldwork Seminar D1
OSOT 6045Occupational Science: Community and Advocacy3
OSOT 6060Skills II: Biomechanical Concepts3
OSOT 6410Foundations of Research3
OSOT 6610Rehabilitation I3
OSOT 6615Rehabilitation II with Lab3
OSOT 6620Management and Leadership3
OSOT 7000Master's Project Seminar1
OSOT 7110Occupational Therapy for Older Adults3
OSOT 7500Master's Project3
OSOT 7780Level II Fieldwork6
OSOT 7790Level II Fieldwork6
Optional:
Credits for optional courses not included in total credits
OSOT 7840Specialty Fieldwork4
OSOT 7860Specialty Fieldwork6
Total Credits42

Students who do not gain entry into the MAOT program after their junior year complete the following courses for a major (B.S. degree1) in communication studies:

COMM 3100Communicating across Cultures, Identities and Differences4
COMM 4850Senior Seminar2
Select four credits from the following:4
Rhetoric, Civic Participation and Social Justice
Communication Training and Development
Internship
Internship
Independent Study
Independent Study
Total Credits10
1

 Students who wish to receive a B.A. degree must complete the liberal arts core requirements for the B.A. degree.

Exercise and Sport Science

This major is available in the College for Women only.

Required Prerequisite Courses (pre-OT)
BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
INDI 2220Medical Terminology2
or IPE 1030 Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 3010Understanding Psychological Disorders4
Select one of the following:4
Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Biostatistics
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis with Corequisite
Statistical Analysis
Excercise and Sport Science Core Courses
EXSS 2750Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science2
EXSS 2800WIntroduction to Research Methods in Exercise Science4
EXSS 3200Health Behavior Psychology (Only required for students who enter St. Catherine University Fall 2017 or later)4
EXSS 3350Kinesiology and Biomechanics with Lab4
EXSS 3450Exercise Physiology with Lab4
EXSS 3550Exercise Testing and Prescription with Lab4
EXSS 3610Motor Learning2
EXSS 3750Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries2
IPE 4200WHealthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice4
Applied Science Courses Taken After Admission to Dual Degree Program
OSOT 5010Occupational Science - Person in Context with Lab3
OSOT 5200Mental Health I3
OSOT 5210Mental Health II with Lab3
OSOT 5410Pediatrics I3
OSOT 5500Neuroscience3
OSOT 5560Technology and Participation3
OSOT 5600Clinical Kinesiology with Lab3
OSOT 6000Skills I: Introduction to Occupational Therapy3
OSOT 6010Fieldwork Seminar A1
OSOT 6020Fieldwork Seminar B1
OSOT 6310Evidence Based Practice with Lab3
Total Credits85
Core Graduate Courses Taken After Completion of B.A. or B.S. Degree
OSOT 5450Pediatrics II with Lab3
OSOT 6030Fieldwork Seminar C1
OSOT 6040Fieldwork Seminar D1
OSOT 6045Occupational Science: Community and Advocacy3
OSOT 6060Skills II: Biomechanical Concepts3
OSOT 6410Foundations of Research3
OSOT 6610Rehabilitation I3
OSOT 6615Rehabilitation II with Lab3
OSOT 6620Management and Leadership3
OSOT 7000Master's Project Seminar1
OSOT 7110Occupational Therapy for Older Adults3
OSOT 7500Master's Project3
OSOT 7780Level II Fieldwork6
OSOT 7790Level II Fieldwork6
Optional:
Optional course credits not counted in total credits
OSOT 7840Specialty Fieldwork4
OSOT 7860Specialty Fieldwork6
Total Credits42

Students who do not gain entry into the MAOT program after their junior year complete the following courses for a major (B.S. degree1) in exercise and sport science:

EXSS 3500Methods of Strength Training and Conditioning4
EXSS 4300Advanced Biomechanics2
EXSS 4612Fieldwork2
EXSS 4614Fieldwork4
CHEM 1110General Chemistry I with Lab4
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
FSNU 3250Sports Nutrition2
Total Credits22
1

 Students who wish to receive a B.A. degree must complete the liberal arts core requirements for the B.A. degree.

Psychology

This major is available in the College for Women and the College for Adults.

Required Prerequisite Courses (pre-OT)
BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
INDI 2220Medical Terminology2
or IPE 1030 Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology
Psychology Core Courses
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab 14
PSYC 1090Statistical Methods in Psychology 14
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology 14
PSYC 2060Research Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 2850Seminar I: Psychology Engages the World 22
PSYC 3010Understanding Psychological Disorders 14
PSYC 4220WHistory and Systems4
Applied Science Courses Taken After Admission to Dual Degree Program
OSOT 5010Occupational Science - Person in Context with Lab3
OSOT 5200Mental Health I3
OSOT 5210Mental Health II with Lab 33
OSOT 5410Pediatrics I3
OSOT 5500Neuroscience3
OSOT 5560Technology and Participation3
OSOT 5600Clinical Kinesiology with Lab3
OSOT 6000Skills I: Introduction to Occupational Therapy3
OSOT 6010Fieldwork Seminar A1
OSOT 6020Fieldwork Seminar B1
OSOT 6310Evidence Based Practice with Lab3
Total Credits65
Core Graduate Courses Taken After Completion of B.A. or B.S. Degree
OSOT 5450Pediatrics II with Lab3
OSOT 6030Fieldwork Seminar C1
OSOT 6040Fieldwork Seminar D1
OSOT 6045Occupational Science: Community and Advocacy3
OSOT 6060Skills II: Biomechanical Concepts3
OSOT 6410Foundations of Research3
OSOT 6610Rehabilitation I3
OSOT 6615Rehabilitation II with Lab3
OSOT 6620Management and Leadership3
OSOT 7000Master's Project Seminar1
OSOT 7110Occupational Therapy for Older Adults3
OSOT 7500Master's Project3
OSOT 7780Level II Fieldwork6
OSOT 7790Level II Fieldwork6
Optional:
Credits for optional courses not included in total credits
OSOT 7840Specialty Fieldwork4
OSOT 7860Specialty Fieldwork6
Total Credits42

Students who do not gain entry into the MAOT program after their junior year complete the following courses for a major (B.S. degree4) in psychology:

PSYC 2850Seminar I: Psychology Engages the World (CFW students only)2
PSYC 4850Seminar II: Current Issues in Psychology2
Select two courses offering laboratory experimentation from the following:8
Health Psychology with Lab
Socialization Processes with Lab
Learning Principles and Applications with Lab
Memory and Cognition with Lab
Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Lab
Experimental Social Psychology with Lab
Biopsychology with Lab
Select one additional course from the remaining department offerings, which may include internships, research and independent study.4
Select one additional philosophy course in consultation with advisor. Recommended courses include:4
Critical Thinking
Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Biomedical Ethics
Total Credits20
1

 Meets MAOT required prerequisite

2

 CFA students only. CFW students will take PSYC 2850 if they are not admitted to the dual degree program.

3

CFA students take OSOT 5210 after they complete their bachelor's degree.

4

  Students who wish to receive a B.A. degree must complete the liberal arts core requirements for the B.A. degree and complete one additional philosophy course.

Public Health: Public Policy

This major is available in both the College for Women and the College for Adults

Required Prerequisite Courses (pre-OT)
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
INDI 2220Medical Terminology2
or IPE 1030 Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
Public Health Core and Concentration Courses
HLTH 1090Biostatistics 14
HLTH 2050Foundations in Public Health4
HLTH 3150Epidemiology4
HLTH 3250Global Health4
HLTH 4604Internship4
HLTH 4800WSenior Seminar in Public Health4
BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 14
MGMT 3850Healthcare Policy4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology 14
PSYC 3010Understanding Psychological Disorders 14
COMM 2XXXOne Communication Studies course (numbered 2000 or above)4
CRST 2050WFoundations of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity (CW students only. CAAL students select a 4-credit social science course numbered 2000 or above)4
HIST 2XXXOne History course (numbered 2000 or above)4
Applied Science Courses Taken After Admission to Dual Degree Program
OSOT 5010Occupational Science - Person in Context with Lab3
OSOT 5200Mental Health I3
OSOT 5210Mental Health II with Lab 23
OSOT 5410Pediatrics I3
OSOT 5500Neuroscience3
OSOT 5560Technology and Participation3
OSOT 5600Clinical Kinesiology with Lab3
OSOT 6000Skills I: Introduction to Occupational Therapy3
OSOT 6010Fieldwork Seminar A1
OSOT 6020Fieldwork Seminar B1
OSOT 6310Evidence Based Practice with Lab3
Total Credits91
Core Graduate Courses Taken After Completion of B.A. or B.S. Degree
OSOT 5450Pediatrics II with Lab3
OSOT 6030Fieldwork Seminar C1
OSOT 6040Fieldwork Seminar D1
OSOT 6045Occupational Science: Community and Advocacy3
OSOT 6060Skills II: Biomechanical Concepts3
OSOT 6410Foundations of Research3
OSOT 6610Rehabilitation I3
OSOT 6615Rehabilitation II with Lab3
OSOT 6620Management and Leadership3
OSOT 7000Master's Project Seminar1
OSOT 7110Occupational Therapy for Older Adults3
OSOT 7500Master's Project3
OSOT 7780Level II Fieldwork6
OSOT 7790Level II Fieldwork6
Optional:
Credits for optional courses not included in total credits
OSOT 7840Specialty Fieldwork4
OSOT 7860Specialty Fieldwork6
Total Credits42

Students who do not gain entry into the MAOT program after their junior year complete the following courses for a major (B.S. degree3) in public health: public policy:

One additional social science course selected in consultation with advisor4
Total Credits4
1

 Meets MAOT required prerequisite

2

CFA students take OSOT 5210 after they complete their bachelor's degree.

3

   Students who wish to receive a B.A. degree must complete the liberal arts core requirements for the B.A. degree.