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BA in Psychology/MS in Occupational Therapy (joint degree with Dominican University)

University of Mount Saint Vincent (BA) – Dominican University (MS) Cooperative Program

The University has a cooperative 3-3 arrangement with Dominican University, which enables Mount students to earn a BA degree in Psychology from the Mount and an MS degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University after six years of study.

Students complete three years of coursework at the Mount and then apply for admission into the Dominican University Occupational Therapy Program. Students who meet the Dominican University criteria for admission and are accepted in the Occupational Therapy program will spend the final three years at Dominican University.

Mount students interested in this program must apply to Dominican University during their third year at the Mount and take their English Placement Exam. Courses completed at Dominican University are transferred back to the Mount to complete the undergraduate degree requirements.

Students must complete all Liberal Arts courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and with no grade lower than a C (2.0). Students will take additional perquisite Occupational Therapy courses at Dominican during the summer between their third and fourth year.

Students will complete the Mount Core education requirements and the BA in Psychology degree requirements during their first three years at the Mount, including the following Occupational Therapy prerequisites:

BIOL 109 and 110 Anatomy and Physiology I and II

PSYC 326 Lifespan Development
PSYC 332 Brain and Behavior
PSYC 344 Group Dynamics
PSYC 355 Abnormal Psychology
BIOL 405 Neurobiology
PHYS 207 and 208 Physics I and II

Sample Program

Year 1

FYE 101 The First-Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (spring) 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 3 credits
Modern Language and Literature Core 6 credits
Core Course 3 credits
PSYC 103 Core: Introduction to Psychology I 3 credits
PSYC 104 Introduction to Psychology II 3 credits
PSYC 205 Psychology Statistics 3 credits
PSYC 332 Brain and Behavior 3 credits
TOTAL 31 credits

Year 2

Core Courses 15 credits
BIOL 109 and 110 Anatomy and Physiology I and II 8 credits
PSYC 315 Research Methods I (WE) 3 credits
PSYC 326 Lifespan Development – Content Area 1 3 credits
PSYC 355 Abnormal Psychology – Content Area 2 3 credits
TOTAL 32 credits

Year 3

Core Courses 6 credits
PHYS 207 and 208 Physics I and II 8 credits
PSYC 4XX Psychology Course – elective 3 credits
PSYC 344 Group Dynamics 3 credits
PSYC 450 Capstone 3 credits
BIOL 405 Neurobiology 4 credits
Open Electives 6 credits
TOTAL 33 credits

Total Credits for at the Mount – 96

Twenty-four credits taken at Dominican would complete the 120 credits required for a Mount Saint Vincent BA in Psychology degree.

For additional information about the MS in occupational therapy, please visit Dominican University’s Occupational Therapy website.