Student Experience

Wondering what it's like to be a student in the Pre-Occupational Therapy Program here at the University of Cincinnati? As a student in this cutting-edge program, you'll be equipped with the knowledge, tools, hands-on experience, and community engagement needed to excel. Learn what opportunities are available to you as you embark on your unique undergraduate experience. 

Student Perspective

Hi, I'm Esha Kothari!

Esha Kothari, 4th year Health Sciences - Pre Occupational Therapy Program major, poses with UC's mascot.

Esha Kothari, 4th year Health Sciences - Pre Occupational Therapy Program major

I am a 4th-year student in the Health Sciences - Pre-Occupational Therapy Program.  I chose UC’s Pre-OT program because many other institutions do not offer an undergraduate program where the curriculum is directly in line with the profession I wanted to pursue. I found that the curriculum was very focused on creating a strong foundation for students prior to enrolling in a graduate program for Occupational Therapy.

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Getting Involved 

Make the most out of your college journey by getting involved on campus! There's no better way to enrich your experience and create lasting memories than by actively participating in student organizations, clubs, and events. Involvement on campus offers a myriad of benefits that go beyond the classroom such as personal development, community building, networking opportunities, and educational enrichment. 

Pre-Occupational Therapy Club

University of Cincinnati Mater of Occupational Therapy students conducting screening and educational activities with community-dwelling/ seniors at Green Township Senior Center Thursday July 20, 2023 in Green Township.  Photos by Joseph Fuqua II

Occupational Therapy students help elderly woman at an OT clinic.

The University of Cincinnati's Pre-Occupational Therapy Club’s goals are to bring together students who are interested in pursuing a future in occupational therapy. We help our students obtain relevant volunteer experience, shadowing information, and job opportunity information. This club will provide the information needed when it comes to skills such as:

  • how to build a resume
  • how to apply to graduate school
  • how to network 

The University of Cincinnati is home to over 600 student organizations! Find one that is right for you. Click the button below for a comprehensive list of all that UC has to offer.      

Program Outcomes 

Top Graduate Programs

The rigor and reputation of the Health Sciences Program help graduates successfully apply to and transition into graduate school. 70-85% of undergraduate students are accepted into graduate programs. Students most commonly attend:   
  1. University of Cincinnati
  2. Mount St. Joseph University 
  3. The Ohio State University 
  4. University of Toledo
  5. Belmont University 

*Information above is sourced from the Office of Institutional Research. The data reflects student outcomes from all tracks within the Undergraduate Health Science Major which includes but is not limited to Pre- Occupational Therapy students.     

Graduate Employment 

Through our valuable partnerships and close proximity to renowned hospitals and medical centers, graduates of the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Cincinnati predominantly secure employment in:    
  1. University of Cincinnati Medical Center 
  2. Children's Hospital Medical Center 
  3. Concept Rehab Inc
  4. Encompass Health 
  5. Kettering Medical Center Inc 

Student Resources 

Photographed University Cincinnati students, faculty for marketing promos for CAHS Thursday March 30, 2023 at College of Allied Health Sciences. Photo by Joseph Fuqua II

Allied Health Students: Kaleb Gerken, Dani Ameh, and Anastasia Russell (left to right)

Every student's educational journey is unique. Together with the University of Cincinnati's centralized programs and resources, The College of Allied Health Sciences provides a wide range of solution-based services, intended to remove obstacles and clear the pathway to success.

In the News


UC Makerspace's 'hands-on' approach for occupational therapy...

March 28, 2023

Innovation in action occurs regularly inside the University of Cincinnati's Ground Floor Makerspace. Designing or adapting devices for individuals with unique needs is an essential skill for students to develop as they pursue their master’s degrees in occupational therapy through the UC College of Allied Health Sciences.

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