Occupational Therapy — Dual Degree

Fontbonne University students may elect to pursue a 3/2 program of study in connection with the Occupational Therapy (OT) program in the Washington University School of Medicine. Students who have completed the first three years of coursework for either a psychology or biology degree at Fontbonne (along with specific prerequisites for the OT program) and who have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 in required prerequisite courses may apply for admission to the Master of Science of Occupational Therapy program at Washington University during their junior year at Fontbonne. Application to the MSOT program at Washington University does not guarantee admission, however, and students are advised that admission is highly competitive.

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Students who are admitted to and who successfully complete their first year of coursework at Washington University will then be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in psychology or biology from Fontbonne. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for the undergraduate degree from Fontbonne during the fall semester of the first year at Washington University. At the end of the second year of study at Washington University, the student would qualify for an MSOT degree from the Washington University School of Medicine.

Program Highlights

  • During the first three years at Fontbonne, you’ll complete the courses required by your chosen major (either biology or psychology), as well as six prerequisite classes required by the WUOT program (listed below). In each of these six courses, you must receive a grade of B- or better.
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biostatistics
  • As an applicant to the WUOT program, you must take the GRE general exam, usually during the summer before your junior year. Then, you would apply to the WUOT program during the fall of your junior year.
  • Prior to application, students must also complete at least 30 hours of work, observation or volunteering in a setting similar to what an occupational therapist would encounter.

Required OT Prerequisite Courses in Psychology:

  • PSY 100

    Introduction to Psychology

    3 credits

    A general introduction to the discipline of psychology. The course examines the historical and theoretical foundations of modern psychology and surveys the various topical areas that use scientific methodology to study and explain human behavior and mental processes. Topics considered include biological foundations, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, and therapy.

  • PSY 200

    Developmental Psychology

    3 credits

    A study of the nature of human development across the life span. The course covers the  physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the individual for each of the major  developmental periods: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The  psychosocial experience of aging and death is also examined.

  • PSY 315

    Abnormal Psychology

    3 credits

    The course examines the nature and scope of psychological maladjustment and pathology. Particular emphasis is given to the classification, description, and treatment of mental disorders, as well as their effects for the person, family, and society. Course focuses on a broad range of psychopathology, including anxiety disorders, depression and suicide, eating disorders, schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, and personality disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

Required OT Prerequisite Courses in other Disciplines:

  • BIO 220

    Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

    4 credits

    A course designed to introduce students to those aspects related to the study of the human body. Particular attention is given to cells, tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

  • BIO 222

    Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

    4 credits

    Continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. Particular attention is given to the digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 220.

  • SOC 100

    Survey of Sociology

    3 credits

    An examination of the definition, scope, and basic concepts of sociology; scientific approach to the study of society; practical application of concepts learned.

Career Opportunities

The United States Department of Labor anticipates that within the next eight years, the employment of occupational therapists will grow significantly faster than the average for other occupations. This suggests that students beginning their studies now will have numerous job opportunities when they graduate. You could become an occupational therapist in the following settings and many more:

  • Pediatric hospital
  • Rehabilitation center
  • Nursing facility
  • Home health program
  • Outpatient clinic

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu