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College of Science and Health
Pre-Occupational Therapy

Heal and Empower: Discover the Impactful World of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a dynamic and rewarding healthcare profession that focuses on empowering individuals to regain, improve, and maintain the skills necessary to live fulfilling and independent lives. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who have been affected by injury, illness, or disability, helping them to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

At the heart of occupational therapy lies the belief that engagement in meaningful activities—or occupations—is essential for well-being. Occupational therapists carefully assess each individual’s unique needs and circumstances, designing personalized interventions that promote participation in daily life tasks, work, and leisure activities.

Our pre-occupational therapy program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in the principles and practices of this transformative profession. Through a combination of rigorous coursework, hands-on experiences, and personalized mentorship, we prepare students to embark on a fulfilling career in occupational therapy.

Key Features of the Program

Enhance your major: The pre-occupational therapy program allows students to combine their chosen major with courses and experiences specifically tailored to the field of occupational therapy.

Gain hands-on experience: Students have the opportunity to participate in research and laboratory projects, providing them with valuable hands-on experience in the field of occupational therapy.

Receive personalized guidance: Our team of pre-health advisors provides tailored support to students, ensuring they are well-equipped for success in both the pre-occupational therapy program and their future careers.

Occupational therapy is a unique healthcare profession that focuses on empowering individuals to regain, improve, and maintain the skills necessary for work and daily living. Through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, occupational therapists help individuals of all ages to live life to its fullest.

Students interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy should plan to complete a degree in psychology. This foundation will prepare them for the rigors of Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) programs. The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is also an option for students seeking advanced training in the field. Graduates of either program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

A career in occupational therapy offers the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of others. By helping individuals overcome challenges and achieve their goals, occupational therapists play a vital role in promoting health and well-being.

Occupational therapy (OT) is a healthcare profession that helps people regain, improve, and maintain the skills necessary for work and daily living. OT practitioners work with individuals of all ages who have been affected by injury, illness, or disability.

Here are some of the career opportunities for occupational therapists:

Clinical OT: This is the most common type of OT practice. Clinical OTs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, and home health agencies. They provide direct care to patients, helping them to improve their functional skills and regain independence.

Rehabilitation OT: Rehabilitation OTs work with people who have been injured or who have chronic conditions that limit their mobility or function. They help patients to regain their strength, coordination, and balance. They also work with patients to develop compensatory strategies for their limitations.

Pediatric OT: Pediatric OTs work with children who have developmental delays, disabilities, or illnesses. They help children to develop the skills they need to play, learn, and participate in everyday activities.

Mental health OT: Mental health OTs work with people who have mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. They help patients to develop coping skills, manage their symptoms, and improve their overall well-being.

Geriatric OT: Geriatric OTs work with older adults who are experiencing age-related changes or who have chronic conditions that limit their mobility or function. They help older adults to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.

These are just a few examples of the many career opportunities available to occupational therapists. With a broad range of specializations and practice settings, occupational therapy offers a diverse and rewarding career path for those who are passionate about helping others.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Pre-Occupational Therapy program:

  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods

Pre-Occupational Therapy – Lisle

Pre-Occupational Therapy – Mesa



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