Through a joint effort between the Psychology Department and the Occupational Therapy Program, UW-L offers a dual degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Occupational therapy to qualified students. This program requires at least three years in the Psychology undergraduate program, where requirements for General Education, College of Liberal Studies, OT pre-requisites, and Psychology Major requirements are met. This is followed by two and one half years (8 semesters) attendance in the Occupational Therapy graduate program. This results in the elimination of one year of undergraduate study.
The Dual Degree is an accelerated program, and does not lend itself to students who have broader interests or goals (e.g., double major, international studies). Characteristics of students who have been successful in the Dual Degree program in the past include independence, self-motivation, flexibility, curiosity, and the ability to direct their own learning. They typically maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and do well in both basic and social science courses.
Students who are interested in the Dual Degree program must be accepted as Psychology majors.
The first step involves declaring a Psychology major, and completing milestone #1 in the major. Students must complete Psychology New Student Tutorials. Once the tutorials have been completed, you will meet with a Psychology advisor where you will learn about specific steps and coursework that must be completed in order to become a Psychology major. The Dual Degree program is
an option for anyone who cannot be a Psychology major. Complete information can be found on the Psychology Advising Center's Website.
Once a student has been accepted as a Psychology Major,
has completed at least one semester at UW-L and established a 3.0 GPA (although a 3.4 is recommended), they are eligible to sign the Dual Degree Agreement with the OT Dual Degree program advisor (Deborah Dougherty, Assoc. Clinical Professor in OT).
This agreement must be signed in order for a student to officially declare a Dual Degree Major.
If this step is not taken, the student will continue to be a Psychology major. Because majors must be changed before midterm, it is imperative that this step takes place early in the semester.
Students are generally ineligible for the program if they have 60 or more credits,
given that the Dual Degree program no longer shortens the length of study at this point. However, exceptions do occur. Students should examine their advisement report, create a "what if" report in WINGS, using Dual Degree Psychology/Occupational Therapy as your major. Then students should use the "what if" advisement report along with the recommended course list to ascertain whether or not they might benefit from the Dual Degree program. Those who still have questions after examining their advisement report should make an appointment with either Deborah Dougherty in the Occupational Therapy Program or Kathy Elgin in the Psychology Advising Center.
Admission to the Occupational Therapy Program for Dual Degree Students
The Occupational Therapy Program will waive the admission requirement of a completed undergraduate degree for students enrolled in the dual-degree program. These students, however, must still satisfy all other requirements for admission.
This program is subject to changes in the university or in occupational therapy educational standards, and may change as conditions and/or experience dictates.
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