Occupational Therapy

The Program in Occupational Therapy prepares students for professional practice and through its research generates knowledge to address the issues facing individuals with disabilities, chronic diseases and developmental disabilities. Students are prepared as generalists but, in addition, can concentrate their studies for work in pediatrics, aging, rehabilitation, work and industry or social participation. The curriculum focuses on the dynamic interaction of the biological and psychological, environmental and occupational factors that enable persons to fulfill roles, and lead meaningful and productive lives. Students interact with leading physicians and scientists whose practice and science is contributing to better methods of treatment of persons with disabilities. In addition, students are linked with community agencies and leaders that are providing services to individuals with disabling conditions.

Undergraduate students in pre-medical, psychology, biology or anthropology will find that the program offers a means of applying their knowledge in a professional field. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or be a participant in an approved three-two program and have completed prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university. The Program in Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the NBCOT. (Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.)

Master of science in occupational therapy degree program

The professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree requires courses that develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice occupational therapy. Each candidate for a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree must complete a minimum of 70 hours of course work, usually accomplished in five semesters of study (two academic years and the intervening summer.) Six months of supervised clinical fieldwork (12 credits) is required to be completed within 12 months of completion of course work.

Doctor of occupational therapy degree program

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is a degree providing students the opportunity to focus their occupational therapy studies in one of five areas of concentration: Productive Aging, Social Participation and the Environment, Rehabilitation, Work and Industry, and Pediatrics. The OTD requires seven semesters of study and three clinical placements for students entering professional practice. Postprofessional students enrolled in the OTD have varying program lengths based on prior degree and experience.


Tuition and fieldwork fees (MSOT, full time) per semester: $15,225 for first five semesters, $7,612 per semester for last two semesters while on fieldwork.
Tuition and fieldwork fees (OTD, full-time): $15,225 per semester first five semesters, $15,721 per semester last two academic semesters, and $7,612 for each semester student is on clinical fieldwork or apprenticeship.

Part-time tuition: $1,225 per credit

More information

Complete admissions information and a full description of degrees in Occupational Therapy are available from the office of the Program in Occupational Therapy:

Program in Occupational Therapy
Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 8505, 4444 Forest Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108-2212
(314) 286-1600
(800) 279-3229
TDD: (314) 286-1651
Website: ot.wustl.edu