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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science


Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.



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Program Details

Pre-professional programs prepare students for entry into numerous professional programs. The programs are not majors (i.e., a pre-med or pre-physical therapy major) but rather are tailored courses within existing majors. As students determine their program of interest, faculty work one on one with them to ensure they complete the prerequisite course requirements for their professional program(s) of interest.

Students intending to apply for an occupational therapy graduate program can complete any undergraduate degree program. Completing a Biology B.A. with a Psychology minor would complete most of the necessary pre-requisite coursework. Additional relevant majors include an Exercise Science B.S. or a Biology B.S.

Education & Training/Residency

  • Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Education: 4 year undergraduate degree (with courses in physiology and biology), 2-3 years of advanced degree. Master’s programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete; doctoral programs take about 3 years.

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Alumni Graduate School Placement

  • University of Minnesota
  • Creighton University

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