Wayne State College
A Degree in Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy Program

About the Pre-Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational therapists do rehabilitation work to help patients with injuries or disabilities. The OT focuses on improving the patient’s ability to do day-to-day activities, often working in a clinical setting but increasingly in a patient’s home. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, you may choose to pursue either a master’s or doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy. Both degrees educate you to be an effective clinician; however, the doctoral degree prepares you to conduct research in occupational therapy, helping patients through discovery of new techniques and treatment. Many students plan to enter the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, or the University of South Dakota, but there are many other schools offering OT programs. Information about the prerequisites for other OT schools can be found at www.aota.org. The demand for occupational therapists is very high and is forecast to grow over the next several decades.

Applied Human and Sport Physiology Track (RHOP-eligible)
Sample Program of Study

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Biology Track
Sample Program of Study

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Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: This program is set up so you will receive a B.S. from WSC, then be ready for entrance to an occupational therapy program, such as the University of Nebraska Medicine's Occupational Therapy doctoral program.

Suggested courses of study at WSC: Biology, Applied Human and Sport Physiology, Sociology

Popular minors: Chemistry, Psychology, Public and Global HealthSpanish

Hours required:
For program: Hours vary
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Schools: Science, Health, and Criminal Justice, Education and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: Life Sciences, Health, Human Performance, and Sport, Psychology and Sociology

Grades: 3.0 or better needed to enter medical school


New Track! 

Sociology Track
The blend of science and social sciences allows those with a sociology background to have a holistic and unique skill set that is vital to health care.

Sample Program of Study

pre occupational therapy program fact sheet - biology


Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid to help you on your path to an occupational therapy degree.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the pre-occupational therapy program.

pre occupational therapy program skills

Skills Learned

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Research, data collection, and analysis
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Observation
  • Communication

Biology Track

  • Evolutionary processes
  • Biological systems and structures
  • Modern lab techniques

Applied Human and Sport Physiology Track

  • Anatomical dissection
  • Body composition assessment
  • Functional movement assessment
  • Health status and risk factor identification
  • Prevention and care of injuries
  • Injury evaluation and rehabilitation
  • Exercise technique and prescription
  • Biomechanical or motion analysis
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Fitness appraisal

pre occupational therapy program careers

Possible Careers

  • Occupational therapist
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Health services manager
  • Sports therapist
  • Art therapist
  • Rehabilitation therapist

employers of pre occupational therapy majors


  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Sports teams and clubs
  • Assisted living centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Mental health clinics
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Schools, colleges, and universities

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the pre-occupational therapy program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

pre occupational therapy major opporunities


  • Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and even present your findings at regional conferences, help judge at the Junior Academy of Science Fair, and visit area science labs.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Internships for pre occupational therapy majors


Internships are not required for the pre-occupational therapy program at WSC, as these are typically completed in your final years of professional school for degree completion. However, Career Services is available to help you find job opportunities if you are looking for field-related work experience.

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