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Graduation

Retention Rates

The total number of graduates from the Washington University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 192, with an overall graduation rate of 99.5%. 

MSOT:

Class of
MSOT students entering/graduating
Graduation rate
2013 64/63
98.4%
2014 60/60
100%
2015 69/69
100%
3 year total 193/192
99.5%

The total number of graduates from the Washington University Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 68, with an overall graduation rate of 100%.

OTD:

Class of
OTD students entering/graduating
Graduation rate
2013 17/17
100%
2014 25/25
100%
2015 26/26
100%
3 year total 68/68
100%
 

The total number of combined graduates from the Washington University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree programs during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 260, with an overall graduation rate of 99.6%.

Combined:

Class of
Combined students entering/graduating
Graduation rate
2013 81/80
98.8%
2014 85/85
100%
2015 95/95
100%
3 year total 261/260
99.6%

 

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.

Graduation Requirements for OTD Students

The degree requirements include:

  • Completion of all Program in Occupational Therapy courses with a "C-" or better
  • A cumulative 3.0 grade point average or better and a record of all D forms (1-6) and successful completion of all required Fieldwork I, Fieldwork II and the doctoral experiential component
  • Successful completion of required total credits, including fieldwork and the doctoral experiential component credits, within the designated time allowed and according to degree requirements
  • Successful completion of project paper and presentation
  • Acceptable professional behaviors that are necessary for the practice of occupational therapy as outlined in the OTD Student Handbook

The faculty reserves the right, to establish an individualized program of study for any student through the Committee on Academic and Professional Evaluation of Students (CAPES), following the procedures described in the OTD Student Handbook.

Students must complete the OTD degree program within a maximum of five (5) years; unless they have been given "special student" status upon admission or have been placed on an individualized program of study during the first two years of the Program (annual update by CAPES committee required). Students may apply for a voluntary medical or personal leave of absence to be approved by CAPES. An involuntary leave of absence may be imposed by CAPES. An approved leave of absence does not count in the maximum time to complete the program.

Commencement

Program in Occupational Therapy recognition ceremonies take place in May. Students are encouraged to participate in the morning Danforth Campus May Commencement Ceremony. Names of graduating students will appear in the Danforth Campus graduation program the following May if all requirements have been fulfilled by December. The actual degree is awarded in December following successful completion of fieldwork and/or the doctoral experiential component. After the student has successfully completed the required fieldwork and the doctoral experiential component and all financial responsibility to the University is satisfied, the diploma will be issued and mailed.

Final, cumulative GPA is used to determine graduation honors. Students with a GPA of 3.9 or above will graduate with ‘High Honors’ and students with a GPA of between 3.75 and 3.89 will graduate with ‘Honors’. The graduating student with the highest GPA is the Student Class Marshal. For pre-professional students, the actual degree is typically awarded in December following successful completion of fieldwork and/or the doctoral experiential component.

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