Bachelor of Health Science
Our Pre-Occupational Therapy program prepares you to become an occupational therapist, helping people who have become impaired improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily lives.
In this program, you will:
- Learn the basic skills and fundamentals of the occupational therapy profession through classroom work and in clinical settings.
- Study the conceptual models that are applied by occupational therapists on a daily basis.
- Gain a practical education which will enable you to apply your skills to a diverse population in a variety of settings.
Our combined Pre-Occupational Therapy program and the Master of Occupational Therapy program are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). To comply with the ACOTE and AOTA requirement that all entry-level occupational therapists be prepared at the Master’s degree level:
- Our Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy programs are combined as a 4+1 degree program; students complete four years of undergraduate study and one year of graduate study.
- All pre-occupational therapy students must apply to the Baker Center for Graduate Studies upon completion of the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. The graduate portion of the program, including the Level II clinical courses, will allow registration/licensure.
To be eligible to sit for the National Occupational Therapist Registered Examination, you must have:
- Successfully completed all Level I (Bachelor) and Level II (Master’s) clinical experience.
- Graduated from an accredited occupational therapy program.
A criminal conviction may prevent eligibility to sit for the national certification examination, qualification for state registration/licensure, specific employment opportunities, and placement at Level I and Level II clinical sites.
The combined Pre-Occupational Therapy program and the Master of Occupational Therapy program are currently recognized as fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and can be reached by mail at: c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; (301) 652-AOTA; www.acoteonline.org.
Enrollment is limited for this program.
- This field is growing much faster than the average. Employment of Occupational Therapists is expected to increase 23 percent by 2016.
- More than 25 percent of Occupational Therapists work part-time.
- You can advance in this field by specializing in an area such as Gerontology, Mental Health, Pediatrics, or Physical Rehabilitation.
- Occupational Therapists work in hospital, rehabilitation, orthopedic and other settings.