Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies/Master of Occupational Therapy

Program Contact: Anna Norene Carlson  203-582-6455

Our five-and-a-half-year, entry-level, Dual-Degree Bachelor of Science/Master of Occupational Therapy program prepares students with a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to practice autonomously or collaboratively at entry-level, within various health care, educational and social systems. Our curriculum consists of three overlapping tiers: University Curriculum, professional component, and fieldwork. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, the BS in Health Science Studies is awarded. 

  • Tier 1: University Curriculum. During the first two years, students take most of their University Curriculum (UC) courses. Concurrently, students take prerequisite science courses for the OT program (PHY 101+ PHY 101L, BIO 211 + BIO 211L, BIO 212 + BIO 212L, and MA 275) as well as OT foundational courses (OT 101, OT 201, OT 214, and OT 250). Prior to entry in the junior year, students must satisfy the following requirements: acquire a grade of B- or better in 100- and 200-level OT courses; satisfactorily complete a minimum of 40 credits of the University Curriculum; achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better; and achieve a science prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or better.
    It is highly recommended that students take all prerequisite science courses at Quinnipiac University. If a student is granted permission to take a science course at another four-year institution, the science grade will be factored into the required science GPA of 2.75. Failure to meet the cumulative GPA of 3.0 with Quinnipiac University courses only or the science prerequisite GPA of 2.75 by the start of the junior year will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Tier 2: Professional Component. The professional component of the program consists of all occupational therapy courses from the junior, senior, and graduate years. Upon entry into the professional component, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 each semester in the occupational therapy courses. To progress through the program, students must meet the minimum GPA of 3.0 and must earn a grade of C+ or above in all didactic courses and B+ or above in all fieldwork level I courses.

  • Tier 3: Fieldwork Component. All fieldwork level II experiences (OT 501FOT 580 and/or OT 581) must be completed with a “P” (pass) to graduate.

Fieldwork Requirements

Students are responsible for transportation to all fieldwork experiences. All students are required to maintain a viable health insurance, malpractice insurance, CPR certification and current immunization record according to their fieldwork placements. A fieldwork site may have additional requirements as part of its affiliation agreement such as background checks and site-specific mandatory in-services. Failure to comply with fieldwork requirements may negatively impact a student's ability to participate in fieldwork. The department also requires current membership with the American Occupational Therapy Association.


The Quinnipiac Dual-Degree BS/MOT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The ACOTE address is:

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-6611 (ext. 2914)
Fax: 301-652-1417
Email: accred@aota.org
Website: acoteonline.orgc/o Accreditation Department

Program Sponsorship

Quinnipiac University assumes primary responsibility for appointment of faculty, admission of students, and curriculum planning for the Dual-Degree BS/MOT program. This responsibility includes the delivery of course content, satisfactory completion of the educational program, and granting of the degree. The university also is responsible for the coordination of classroom teaching and supervised fieldwork practice and for providing assurance that the practice activities assigned to students in a fieldwork setting are appropriate to the program.

Quinnipiac University complies with the administrative requirements for maintaining accreditation of the Dual-Degree BS/MOT program.