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pre-occupational therapy

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.

General Biology with lab, Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits)

Physics with a lab

Behavioral Science: Psychology, Sociology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology


Medical Terminology

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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.

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Ranked among the “100 Best Jobs”

(U.S. News & World Report, 2023)



Median annual salary for occupational therapists

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023)



Expected occupational therapist job growth through 2032

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023)

Your Occupational Journey Starts Here

A number of our undergraduate programs can be adapted to meet the necessary prerequisites for most occupational therapy programs.

  • Undergraduate

    Biomedical Sciences



    Biomedical Sciences

    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.

  • Undergraduate

    Exercise Physiology



    Exercise Physiology

    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.

Continue with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

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.

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