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Combined Bachelor's to Master's Program (3+2)

Eastern Washington University provides a unique method for students seeking entry into the profession of occupational therapy. It is through our Combined Bachelor's to Master's Program (3+2), within the Interdisciplinary Studies, Therapeutic Recreation, or Exercise Science undergraduate program, leading to eligibility for an advanced standing MOT.

What will I study?

This program will allow a student to complete the requirements for an undergraduate degree while enrolled in courses required for the first year of the professional Occupational Therapy program. The student begins the Occupational Therapy Track in the senior year, earns a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies or Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation or Exercise Science, and applies to the Advanced Standing MOT Program, which can be completed over the next one and half years. This program will introduce occupational therapy to undergraduate students early in their career development.

Courses of Study

Admission into the Combined Bachelors to Masters Program (3+2 Program)

The student first meets with the Occupational Therapy Department for review of prerequisites and course of study, and is then referred to the director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Therapeutic Recreation, or Exercise Science for formal application. Students interested in this option are encouraged to be advised by the Department of Occupational Therapy during their freshman or sophomore years. During the first three years of the 3+2 program, the student completes the course of study that addresses his or her interests, as well as meet university requirements. Additionally, during this time, the student fulfills the prerequisite requirements for the MOT program.

Admission into the Occupational Therapy Track is offered only one time per year, with students beginning the program summer quarter. The 3+2 program is a lock-step, nine-quarter sequence. Students are required to enroll on a full-time basis. Check with the department for exact admission deadlines at 509.828.1344.

EWU Occupational Therapy program participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS. Applicants for the 2014 entering class need to apply online using the OTCAS application. OTCAS Application is due January 1, 2014 by 9pm PST. Supplemental application deadline is January 15, 2014. To learn more about the OTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the OTCAS website. Once processed, the Admissions Committee looks forward to to receiving your application. 

Supplemental Application: EWU Occupational Therapy program requires a pre-requisite worksheet with unofficial transcripts. The pre-requisite worksheet can be downloaded below. Students must mail their pre-requisite worksheet and transcripts to the department.

Mailing Address:
Department of Occupational Therapy
Eastern Washington University
310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Box R
Spokane, WA 99202

Application Fee: The application fee to apply is $50 for the Occupational Therapy program.  Please send your fee in with your supplemental application.  Make checks, money orders, or cashier's checks payable to Eastern Washington University. We are unable to take credit cards at this time.

A student is considered for admission based on the quality and completed elements of a) performance in prerequisite courses, application essay, letters of reference, volunteer/work hours, and GRE test scores, b) demonstrated success in higher education as determined through college credentials and c) the successful completion of a group interview. We are able to admit 32 qualified candidates for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Click on each title to download the form.

3+2 Prerequisite Checklist

3+2 Application Procedures

3+2 Prerequisite Worksheet

Students interested in the Interdisciplinary Occupational Therapy Track working towards an Advanced Standing Master of Occupational Therapy should contact Carrie Walker, Admissions Advisor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Eastern Washington University, 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Box R, Spokane WA 99202, or call 509.828.1344 or

Students who require advising in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact Dr. John Neace, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, 300 Senior Hall, Cheney, WA, 99004, or call 509.359.6524 or

Students who require advising in the Therapeutic Recreation degree with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact Dr. Emily Messina, Therapeutic Recreation, 200 PEB, Cheney, WA 99004 or call 509.359.6545 or

Students who require advising in the Exercise Science degree with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact Dr. Wendy Repovich, Exercise Science, 200 PEB, Cheney, WA 99004 or call 509.359.7960 or

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