Build the skills and knowledge you need to be an excellent occupational therapist — beginning with your undergraduate years. Pre-occupational therapy is a set of undergraduate coursework that prepares you for your next chapter in a master’s or doctorate program in occupational therapy.
At UHSP, your undergraduate courses are taught through a health sciences-focused lens, so when the time comes to apply to your occupational therapy program, you’ll be ready with the skill set and knowledge needed to succeed in your next program.
Occupational Therapy At a Glance
Occupational therapists play an important role in helping patients suffering from disabling conditions to live more independently and maintain their daily lives. Skilled in the social, emotional and physical effects of disability and illness, occupational therapists utilize a wide range of tools to treat patients with a customized plan.
Ranked in the 100 best jobs
(U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
Occupational Therapy is expected to grow 14% through 2030
Your Occupational Journey Starts Here
A number of our undergraduate programs can be adapted to meet the necessary prerequisites for most occupational therapy programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences program prepares students for futures in a changing world by giving them a strong academic foundation in the sciences as well as the skills required to be successful in a wide variety of health professions careers.
The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology combines the University’s strengths in anatomy, physiology and basic sciences with the exercise sciences to prepare you for success in the career you want.
A Step Toward Your Occupational Therapy Future
After earning your bachelor’s degree or completing your prerequisites, you’ll be prepared to succeed at any occupational therapy program you choose.
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As an added bonus, students who choose to pursue their Master of Science or Doctor of Occupational therapy at the School of Medicine benefit from integrated options to save a year of study as well as preferred admission for UHSP students each year.
By integrating your two degrees, the final year of your undergraduate program will serve as the first year of your OT program.