Offered by Health Science Programs

Pre-Occupational Therapy

The following pre-occupational therapy program is suggested for students interested in seeking admission to the occupational therapy programs at Creighton University and the College of St. Mary. Competition to gain a place in occupational therapy school is intense and cannot be guaranteed; students are expected to plan for a college major**.

  1. Suggested Course of Study
    • The following courses are required by the College of Saint Mary, and most will also fulfill requirements at Creighton University and other OT programs.
    • Take all of the following:
      • BIOL 225, Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours
      • BIOL 226, Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours
      • BIOL 325, Medical Terminology - 1 hour
      • CHEM 145GS, Introductory Chemistry - 4 hours
      • ENG 101, Introduction to Academic Writing - 3 hours
      • ENG 102GS, Academic Writing and Research - 3 hours
      • MIS 182GS, Software Productivity Tools - 3 hours
      • PHIL 120GS, Introduction to Ethics - 3 hours
      • PSY 203GS, General Psychology - 3 hours
      • PSY 230GS, Human Development - 3 hours
      • PSY 231GS, Abnormal Behavior and Society - 3 hours
      • PSY 250GS, Behavioral Statistics - 4 hours
      • PSY 270, Experimental Psychology - 4 hours
      • PSY 415, Group Dynamics - 3 hours
      • SOC 100GS, Introduction to Sociology - 3 hours
      • SPCH 100GS, Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3 hours
    • Take 1 course from:
    • Take 3 hours of HIST
  2. Additional Requirements at Creighton University
    • Additional course requirements at Creighton may be fulfilled with a wide variety of courses. Please see advisor for more specific information.
    • A bachelor's degree is required for admission.
    • 40+ hours of observation supervised by an occupational therapist.
  3. Recommended Courses for Electives
    • FSID 110GS, Introduction to Nutrition - 3 hours
    • MATH 102GS*, College Algebra - 3 hours
    • *Students with sufficient preparation may enter the mathematics program at a higher level.
    • PE 229, Wellness Interventions - 3 hours
    • PE 360, Human Anatomy and Kinesiology - 4 hours
    • TESE 421, Individuals with Exceptionalities - 3 hours

The student should check with the specific school(s) to which he/she intends to apply to ensure all requirements are fulfilled. Requirements can vary greatly between different occupational therapy schools.

**Students pursuing a program of study in pre-occupational therapy are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the pre-occupational therapy program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK general studies requirements and other degree requirements as set forth in the college catalog. (Students who are accepted into occupational therapy school prior to completing a baccalaureate degree at UNK may be eligible to receive a BS degree in Health Science if they have completed all General Studies requirements and have at least 90 semester hours completed in pre-OT studies.)

5 May 2010