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Begin your path now to a career in occupational therapy

Feb 07, 2019

Before they even come to campus for fall semester, incoming first-year students can start on their career path in occupational therapy by securing their spot to North Central College’s master of occupational therapy (MOT) program in Illinois.

A new dual admission program allows undergraduates to avoid the stress of applying for master’s programs as they approach their college graduation. “This program is intended to provide a seamless and successful transition on the path to North Central’s master’s in occupational therapy degree,” said Wendy Pochocki, assistant dean for operations and admissions for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “This ensures that four years from now, the students can be one of the 7,327 admitted MOT students from among the 42,000 who apply annually to programs across the country.”

Occupational therapy ranks among the best careers according to U.S. News & World Report and Glassdoor, with an average starting salary of more than $80,000.       

After admission to North Central, incoming first-year students must submit an additional application to participate in the selection process, which includes an on-campus interview day on April 6, 2019. High school seniors interested in the program must meet certain eligibility requirements.

A minimum of five students will be selected for dual admission, which provides unique opportunities like membership in the Student Occupational Therapy Associate Club with current MOT students. “In addition, MOT faculty will play a key role working with each student, giving academic guidance as they progress during their undergraduate years,” said Pochocki.

As undergraduates, dual admission students can select any major as long as they complete the prerequisite courses required by MOT programs. Most commonly, students pursuing OT careers major in psychology, exercise science, health science, biology and neuroscience.

Learn more about dual admission and occupational therapy at North Central College by attending a special Visit Day session on campus Friday, March 1.

For more information, visit our dual admission program web page.