3.5-3 Program Details
Students in this program complete a major in psychology (a minimum of 44 hours, not including support courses) and a concentration in pre-occupational therapy (52 semester hours).
Upon completion of major requirements at Westminster College, pre-OT students are eligible for admission, upon acceptance, to the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program at Duquesne University. Students who are admitted to the doctorate program begin residence at Duquesne University in the spring of their senior year. After completing a semester of study in the Duquesne program (so that their hours equal 128), students will be awarded a B.A. in Psychology from Westminster. All degree options at Duquesne University’s Department of Occupational Therapy curriculum may be found at www.duq.edu/ot. Please refer to the Information Letter given by your Westminster Advisor for more specific requirements and deadlines for the Westminster College/Duquesne University articulation.
English is the language of instruction at Duquesne University and the demands for verbal and written communication in all the health professions are substantial. Students whose first language is other than English must successfully complete testing and clearance from the Duquesne University English as a Second Language Department and meet all published admission and language proficiency criteria for the Duquesne University Occupational Therapy program (http://www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/international-admissions/english-proficiency-requirements). Such students who are articulating from Westminster should make an appointment with the DU ESL Department once they are provisionally accepted into the occupational therapy program. Students who submit official scores to the DU ESL Department, current to within one year, of 90 or higher on the Internet- based Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL (IiBT) or 575 on the Paper-based Test (PBT,) are often excused from English Placement Tests except for tests of written and spoken English.
For more information about the Pre-Occupational Therapy program, contact program coordinator, Dr. Mandy Medvin.
Imagine yourself an occupational therapist.