Central’s 3 + 2 (MSOT) or (OTD) agreement with Washington University in St. Louis and Allen College are excellent opportunities for students to obtain either a Master’s or Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree and a liberal arts degree in a shortened time span. Students will earn credits toward a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Central College and transfer to Washington University in St. Louis or Allen College to begin work on the professional degree. Students typically spend three years at Central as full-time students, taking courses toward the Central College core, their chosen major, and 90 total credits. Students are able to take full advantage of all opportunities offered at a small liberal arts institution. After three years at Central College, students transfer into the occupational therapy program. Credits earned during the first year in the professional program are transferred back to Central College and allow the student to complete the Central College BA degree.
Students interested in this program should contact the Pre- Health Advisor. The Pre- Health Advisor will work with students and their major advisor to ensure that all required coursework is taken and to communicate with representatives at Washington University in St. Louis or Allen College regarding transfer into their professional program. Students will still be required to go through the full admissions process at Washington University in St. Louis or Allen College. Because the 3 + 2 or 3 option does involve meeting several requirements for both degrees it is best if interested students meet with their advisor and the Pre- Health Advisor prior to the start of their first semester to discuss a three-year plan that will ensure that all requirements are met in order to graduate in the time frame mentioned above.