Health Sciences : Pre-Occupational Therapy

B.S. in Health Sciences

Why study Health Sciences : Pre-Occupational Therapy?

The University of Cincinnati offers a Health Sciences major with a Pre-Occupational Therapy track that specifically prepares you for entry into graduate level occupational therapy programs. Occupational therapists, also known as OTs, evaluate and treat patients of all ages with injuries, illnesses or disabilities using meaningful activities (occupations). Occupational therapists typically use self-care, work, play, and leisure occupations to help clients adapt to individual life circumstances to gain, sustain and maintain health.  

This unique track also includes an Introduction to Occupational Therapy course that is taught by the Pre-Occupational Therapy Program Director, who is an experienced occupational therapist.  

The combination of foundational training in the natural and behavioral sciences, combined with education in applied human studies, such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, nutrition and health and wellness puts graduates in a position to be very competitive advanced level education candidates. Completion of this degree also includes a minor in psychology. You also can obtain a minor in nutrition by taking a few additional courses. 

Admission Requirements

The University of Cincinnati has established academic success criteria for first-year applicants to bachelor's degree programs. All students are encouraged to apply. Please visit High School Student Admissions for more information about first-year student admission requirements.  

Students who study in the Health Sciences - Pre-Occupational Therapy track are primarily planning for entry into a graduate level master's or doctoral occupational therapy degree program.  

Occupational therapists typically work in:  

  • Hospitals  
  • Schools  
  • Clinics 
  • Nursing facilities 
  • Home health services  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for occupational therapists is expected to grow 18% by 2028 (much faster than the national average) and the current median pay is $84,270.  

Employment opportunities at the bachelor’s level are also available in fitness or health-related occupations. Graduates have also enrolled in graduate programs in public health, health promotion, or community health education, and more. 

Advisors will be there to help you at every step of your academic journey. If you have advising related questions, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Academic Advising.

Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning their high school credentials are considered transfer students. Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a Transfer Student.  

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Cincinnati (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change your major to one in the College of Allied Health Sciences, please visit Transition Students for more information.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines can be found at Admissions Deadlines.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Kelsey Huelse
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
(513) 558-0260
kelsey.huelse@uc.edu

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Program Code: 35BAC-HLSC-BSHS-HLSC-BO