Why study Health Sciences?

The University of Cincinnati Online Bachelor of Health Sciences - Pre-Occupational Therapy program provides students with an associate's degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting (OTA) the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a graduate-level occupational therapy degree and opportunities for professional advancement. Designed for full or part-time students, every class is available online, making it possible to receive your BS in Health Sciences in 2 to 4 years. You can earn your degree on your timeline with start dates each semester.

The University of Cincinnati’s online programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our knowledgeable instructors are experienced in the industry, experts in their field, and dedicated to our student body.

This program also has a dedicated program director, an experienced occupational therapist, who will also teach one of your classes.

Admission Requirements

Please visit Admission Requirements for more information. 

If a graduate degree or career advancement is your end goal, a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from UC Online can set you apart from the competition. Designed with students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in occupational therapy in mind, our courses satisfy the most common prerequisite requirements and carry with them the University of Cincinnati's 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 advisors 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.

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is an advanced and accessible next step for working OTAs who want to expand their career opportunities. Whether you're preparing for graduate school, seeking career specialization, want more autonomy, or looking to qualify for new opportunities in the world of healthcare, the University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences-Pre-Occupational Therapy can help you reach your goals.

Students completing the program can obtain a minor in psychology and are able to get an additional minor in public health by taking six additional credit hours.

For more information, visit the Transfer and Transition Advising Center

Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application

Transfer Articulation Agreements & Pathways 

UC has developed clear pathways (articulation agreements) between select associate degrees at partner institutions and compatible bachelor’s degrees at UC. Each pathway includes a Transfer Degree Map that offers a semester-by-semester course comparison to assist with your transfer planning. 

The following institutions have Transfer Degree Maps for this major: 

  • Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 
  • Sinclair Community College  
  • Stark State College 
  • Fox College 
  • Kapi’olani Community College 
  • St. Louis College of Health Careers 
  • SUNY Erie Community College 
  • UA Cossatot Community College 
  • St. Louis College of Health Professions 
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Tulsa Community College
  • Trident Technical College
  • Allegany Community College
  • San Juan Community College
  • Lorain Community College
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Cincinnati Online
3225 Eden Avenue
Health Sciences Building
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 556-4909

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Program Code: 35BAC-HLSC-BSHS-.HLSC-DL