The program allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) in five years instead of six years. The program also offers the option to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) in six years instead of seven years.
Occupational therapy is a health profession dedicated to enabling people to participate fully in their lives and to achieve self-sufficiency, social integration, improved health status, employment, and quality of life. Using strategies, techniques and technology, occupational therapists help people of all ages to regain, develop, or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
How the 3+2 Occupational Therapy Program Works
Students in Carthage’s 3+2 Occupational Therapy Program attend Carthage for three years and complete Carthage’s degree requirements for graduation. Students choose the major they prefer, but during their three years at Carthage, they must complete six prerequisite courses for admission to the occupational therapy program at Washington University.
By Jan. 31 of their junior year, students apply for admission to Washington University’s occupational therapy program. Upon successful completion of the first year of coursework at Washington University, students receive a bachelor’s degree from Carthage. Students then complete either one more year to earn a master of science in occupational therapy (MSOT), or two more years to earn a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD).
The 3+2 Occupational Therapy program offers many benefits:
- Students have one less year of financial responsibility for their education.
- Students receive mentoring from their 3+2 advisor and Washington University occupational therapy staff.
- Because 3+2 students are invited to take part in activities and special events at Washington University’s Program in Occupational Therapy, they learn early on about all aspects of occupational therapy.