If you’re an Occupational Therapy Assistant looking to advance your career with a bachelor’s degree, or an OTA whose goal is to earn your master’s and become a practicing Occupational Therapist, this associate to bachelor’s completion program may be ideal for you.
Our online BS in Health Sciences – Pre-Occupational Therapy degree equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance in occupational therapy fields.
Designed for full- or part-time students, every class is available online, making it possible to receive your BS in Health Sciences in two to four years. With start dates in Spring, Summer and Fall, you can earn your degree on your time.
The online BS in Health Sciences – Pre-Occupational Therapy curriculum balances foundational subjects with the in-depth study of anatomy, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics. Additionally, our coursework allows you to simultaneously earn a minor in Psychology through our partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences.
If a graduate degree is your end goal, a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Pre-Occupational Therapy from UC Online can set you apart from the competition. Designed for students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy, our courses satisfy the most common prerequisite requirements and carry with them the University of Cincinnati reputation.
Occupational therapy graduate program admission requirements differ among institutions, so students should review prerequisite courses relevant to graduate programs of interest and work with their advisor to reach their goals. Due to the competitive nature of admissions to most OT graduate programs, completion of this degree does not guarantee acceptance to an occupational therapy program.
Occupational therapy is #13 on the list of Best Jobs in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report. The field of occupational therapy is constantly expanding and is expected to double by 2024. That means more jobs and more career opportunities for driven, qualified professionals. The UC online bachelor advancement program will help OTAs advance their career and give them a competitive advantage.
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“When I returned to civilian life, I decided to get my master's in occupational therapy. I needed a flexible program that would fit with my work schedule, meet the prerequisites of the graduate programs I was looking at, and allow me to complete my bachelor’s degree relatively fast. I found the University of Cincinnati's fully online degree, which met all my criteria. ”
No – the program is designed for currently licensed OTAs who are looking to obtain their bachelor’s degree, either for career advancement or in anticipation of applying to grad school to become occupational therapists or schooling in another discipline. The Pre-Occupational Therapy program is a stepping stone to grad school where you can get your license.
The majority apply to OT grad school to obtain their master’s or doctorate in OT. However, some go on to get a Master’s in Education, Public Health or School Psychology. Possibilities are endless and up to the individual. Some students simply want to obtain a bachelor’s degree for career advancement.
No, the BS in Health Sciences – Pre-Occupational Therapy program is not a bridge program. Acceptance into the Pre-Occupational Therapy program does not guarantee admission into the UC Master of Occupational Therapy program. However, the UC MOT program does reserve 25% of its cohort spots for OTAs. In the past, these spots have been filled by graduates of the UC online Pre-Occupational Therapy program.
The University of Cincinnati is one of the first institutions to offer online courses. Innovation in education is at the forefront of what we do. We have expanded the convenience and quality of our online learning to online degree programs. Today, we offer nearly 100 degrees from undergraduate to doctoral programs.
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