BS in Health Sciences - Behavior & Occupation Studies Online, Cincinnati Online

A male Cincinnati occupational therapy student gets guidance on caring for a patient in a training room.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Behavior & Occupation Studies is a challenging and rewarding degree-completion program designed for occupational therapy assistants looking to expand their knowledge in content areas central to professional practice.

Professionals who have earned an associate degree in occupational therapy are eligible to transfer 60 credit hours directly into the University of Cincinnati, then complete an additional 60 credit hour online curriculum focusing on a diverse array of foundational coursework.  

Content areas include psychology, anatomy, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics. In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree, students in the program can pursue a minor in psychology and certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

For students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in occupational therapy, courses in this program are designed to satisfy common prerequisite requirements to apply to entry level programs at the master's degree or doctoral degree levels.

Occupational therapy program admission requirements differ among institutions, so students should review specific prerequisite courses relevant to graduate programs of interest and work with their advisor to ensure such requirements are met. Additionally, due to the competitive nature of admissions to most occupational therapy graduate programs, completion of this degree does not guarantee acceptance to an occupational therapy program.

Program Overview

Students must have an associate degree in occupational therapy and must hold, or have held in good standing, state licensure to practice as an occupational therapy assistant. A minimum 2.67 GPA is required for continuation in the program. Students can complete the program in two years of full-time study or can pursue studies on a part-time basis.


The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Program courses are taught by knowledgeable instructors who value leadership, research, teaching, and service.

Note that individual states have the authority to regulate institutions offering education within that state’s boundaries, including online and distance learning. As a result, state regulations may not allow for the delivery of education to out-of-state residents.


Quick Facts

  • Available 100 percent online through Distance Learning.
  • Cincinnati Online accepts new students in this program every semester.

Next Start Date

August 21


Application Deadline

July 1


Credit Hours


Graduation Cap

Est. Time to Complete

2 Years (for returning associate degree students)