Pre-Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is an applied social and biological science that involves helping individuals develop, regain or retain the skills needed to learn, play, earn a living and take care of personal needs. There is currently a critical shortage of talented individuals to work in this competitive and fulfilling field. A master's degree or higher is required to be classified as an Occupational Therapist. While any undergraduate degree is considered, most students seek an undergraduate degree in either psychology or biology with an emphasis with Pre-Occupational Therapy.

Fast Facts:

  • There is currently a shortage of talented individuals to work in this well-paying and fulfilling field.
  • Outside activities, such as volunteer work and community service, are strongly encouraged.
  • Most students complete two occupational therapy internships in their first five semesters.

3-2 with Washington University in St. Louis:

  • Students have the potential to earn both a bachelor’s degree from C-SC and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in a five-year period through the cooperative education program, effectively shaving one year off the time it takes to earn these degrees.
  • First three years take place at C-SC and final two years at Washington University.
  • Students must meet the general education requirements of C-SC, the requirements of a selected major or study (usually psychology or biology) and the core classes required by Washington University. Partnership does not guarantee admittance to Washington University.

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Kelli Stiles, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: (573) 288-6630

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