Dominican offers in its Weekend College a combined-degree program in Occupational Therapy (Bachelor of Science/Master of Science) open to undergraduates seeking their first baccalaureate degree as well as to graduate students who already hold baccalaureate degrees in other fields. Different program tracks are designed for those who have Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) backgrounds and those who are studying this field for the first time. For further information about this entry-level masters program, please consult the Graduate Programs section of this Catalog.
Students beginning their undergraduate careers in Dominican's traditional weekday sessions have the option of pursuing a pre-professional curriculum that facilitates progress to the BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy (OTA). (See graduate section of catalog.)
There are two possible paths:
B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy
- The student completes Dominican College General Education Curriculum requirements and all B.S./M.S. prerequisite courses, then applies for admission to the professional curriculum in Occupational Therapy.
B.A. in Social Sciences and B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy
- The student completes prerequisites and designated courses in a prescribed sequence (see chart), finishing the senior year with both a B.A. degree in Social Sciences and a year's advanced standing in the OT professional curriculum. This degree option is an accelerated program which requires the student to study in a weekend format beginning the summer following completion of the junior year.
Students who wish to complete both the B.A. in Social Sciences and the B.S./M.S. in OT will need to earn 6 additional liberal arts credits (90 total credits of liberal arts) beyond those listed above.
A GPA of 3.0 is required for acceptance into the professional sequence of the Occupational Therapy program. There are also minimum grade requirements for prerequisite science and required Occupational Therapy courses (see Graduate Section of Catalog).