Ohio Wesleyan is part of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. OWU students spend three years in Ohio and two in Missouri, earning both their OWU bachelor’s degree and WashU master’s degree. For those seeking a doctorate, a combined six-year occupational therapy program also is available.

A Healthy Opportunity

As occupational therapists, Ohio Wesleyan-Washington University graduates are well-prepared for careers that range from providing clinical services to serving as educators, researchers, consultants, administrators, or master clinicians.

OWU students accepted into WashU’s Program in Occupational Therapy are considered full-time OT students as of their senior year at Ohio Wesleyan, reducing their time in school by a full year.

While at Ohio Wesleyan, students complete at least 24 units of credit, including both general education requirements and pre-requisites for admission to Washington University’s occupational therapy program

Those seeking a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) earn their Ohio Wesleyan bachelor’s degree after completing their fourth year and their Washington University master’s degree after their fifth year.

“This new agreement gives Ohio Wesleyan students a clear pathway to graduate study at a premier institution in a growing field with great career opportunities,” says Andrew Busch, Ed.D., Ohio Wesleyan assistant professor of health and human kinetics and coordinator of OWU’s pre-occupational therapy cooperative agreement with WashU.

“It is a rigorous program that fully prepares students to become the next generation of occupational therapists, researchers, or educators focused on helping people live independent, productive, and satisfying lives,” Busch says.

A Top Medical School

WashU’s occupational therapy graduate program is ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list of Best Grad Schools.

In addition, the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis consistently ranks a top medical school for research. The School of Medicine also is considered a strong catalyst in the St. Louis biotech and startup scene.

Its community includes recognized innovators in science, medical education, health care policy and global health. And the School treats patients and trains new leaders in medicine at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, both ranked among the nation’s best hospitals and recognized for excellence in care.

For More Information

At Ohio Wesleyan, contact, Andrew Busch, Ed.D., Ohio Wesleyan assistant professor of health and human kinetics, at ambusch@owu.edu or (740) 368-3864.

At Washington University, contact wuotinfo@wustl.edu or (314) 286-1600.

Visit WashU online for admission information.

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