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William Woods University students interested
in becoming occupational therapists now have
the opportunity to do so through a new
agreement with Washington University in
St. Louis, Mo. WWU students would complete
prerequisite classes at WWU and apply for the
OT program at Washington University after
their junior year.
Occupational therapists are health professionals who use
treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and
work skills of their patients with physical, mental, or
developmental conditions.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping
children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social
situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills,
and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and
cognitive changes.
Sarah Munns
,
WWU dean of admissions, said the 3+2
Articulation Program “is an agreement between William Woods
and Washington University in which students are able to attend
WWU for three years to take classes/prerequisites for entry into
Washington University's OT program.”
According to information from Washington University, the
3
+2 program blends three years of undergraduate liberal arts
(90
academic units) with two years of graduate study in
occupational therapy.
Students electing the 3+2 option will complete the general
requirements for the bachelor's degree during the initial three
academic years, while simultaneously completing the
prerequisites for entry into the program in occupational
therapy (OT).
The idea for the partnership came in fall 2010 when a
prospective student approached Munns about the possibility
of creating this working relationship.
Munns began working with
Anthony Lungstrum
,
science,
math, and human performance division chair;
Bonnie Carr
,
director of academic advising; and
Dr. Sherry McCarthy
,
vice president and dean of academic affairs, as well as
representatives from Washington University.
We went to Wash. U to look at this program, meet with
students and faculty in the program, and see the facilities to
make sure this is something we wanted to offer to our students,”
said McCarthy. “Washington University was very gracious to
host us and encourage us to prepare students for this field.”
She added, “The trip to their campus was beneficial in that it
explained what the field of occupational therapy encompasses,
what the students need to expect from the program, how we
need to prepare students for applying to the program, and what
is required to get into the program. We were given a tour of the
facilities, met the instructors and were given presentations on
their research, had lunch with students in their program, and
were given literature to help recruit students into the program.”
By Katherine Wortmann ʼ13
Articulation agreement offers WWU students opportunity
to attend Wash. U for Occupational Therapy