Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Health Sciences
Students in the Pre-OT program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree on either a 3-Year or 4-Year track prior to beginning the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. Students will apply for admission into the OTD program in their last year of completing the B.S. degree. These students will follow much of the same curriculum as the students in the Clinical and Applied Sciences track, with a few modifications.
In addition to several foundational courses in biomedical sciences and liberal arts, all Pre-OT students will enroll in the Issues in Health Sciences course series. The Issues in Health Sciences courses provide an introduction to the professions within the health care system, as well as the opportunity to explore current issues and controversies facing health care professionals in multiples fields. Pre-OT students will have an opportunity through the Issues in Health Sciences courses to shadow in an occupational therapy environment, as well as opportunities for career exploration, learning innovation and practice management skills, and understanding the health care system.
The following is a list of courses that Pre-OT students would take at Drake while completing their bachelor's degree to prepare for admission into the OTD program.
|BIO 012 - General/Pre-Professional Biology I, and
BIO 012L - General/Pre-Professional Biology I Lab
|BIO 013 - General/Pre-Professional Biology II, and
BIO 013L - General/Pre-Professional Biology II Lab
|CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I, and
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I Lab
|CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II, and
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II Lab
|ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|FYS (---) - First Year Seminar||3|
|HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Science I: College Connection/Career Path||1.5|
|HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Science II: Health Care System||3|
|HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Science III: Entrepreneurial Leadership||3|
|HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology||1|
|HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Science IV: Values & Ethics||3|
|HSCI 125* - Medical Physiology, and
HSCI 125L - Medical Physiology Lab
|HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy Lab
|HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Science V: Capstone Experiences||3|
|HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature||3|
|HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I||1-4|
|HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II||1-4|
|MATH 050 - Calculus I||4|
|PHY 011 - General Physics I||4|
|PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology||4|
|PSY 042 - Child & Adolescent Psychology||3|
|PSY 044 - Adult Development and Aging||3|
|PSY 076 - Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SCSR 073 - Public Speaking||3|
|STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences||3|
Biomedical Science Electives
Health Sciences Electives
PSY 002-191 (excluding 042, 044)
|Drake Curriculum / General Electives||35|
*PHAR 125 can replace HSCI 125
With prior approval from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, students may complete some of these courses via Advanced Placement (AP) credit or dual credit courses taken in high school. Students must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam or earn a C or higher in a dual credit course in order to receive credit for and fulfill these courses. See Drake University's AP, IB and CLEP Credit policy or the Transfer Credit Information page for more information.
Pre-Occupational Therapy students should become familiar with the General Information section of this catalog, which covers many regulations that affect all Drake University students. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also has a number of specific regulations and requirements that must be met to progress through the Pre-Occupational Therapy curriculum. Some of these are listed below; others are available in the Health Sciences Student Handbook (http://www.drake.edu/cphs/handbookspolicies/).
Many courses have prerequisite requirements. Admission to a course is denied if prerequisite courses have not been successfully completed. Therefore, deviations from the curriculum as it is structured require careful consideration. Course prerequisites may be found in the course descriptions are of this catalog.
Students may apply a maximum of 9 hours of elective coursework on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the 9 hours maximum. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 before registering in a course on a credit/no credit basis.
All Pre-Occupational Therapy students are required to complete a senior capstone experience (HSCI 196/197) prior to graduation. Due to regulations at many of the experiential sites used for the senior capstone experiences, the college will complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to entering the senior capstone year. Senior capstone sites have the right to refuse to accept a student based on the results of the criminal background check. Many of these sites also require that a copy of the background check is forwarded to them. Students who have positive drug screens and will be entering their senior capstone experience will be referred to the Chemical Dependency Policy.
Pre-Occupational Therapy students are assigned a faculty member as their academic adviser. Faculty advisers help students:
The Academic and Student Affairs Office is responsible for coordinating the registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses, approving educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests, updating degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers and transfer courses, answering student questions regarding registration, credit completion, course transfer process and study-abroad opportunities, and coordinating and communicating opportunities for internship, study abroad, research and postgraduate study. The final responsibility for completion of graduation requirements, however, belongs to the student and, accordingly, each student should become familiar not only with the curriculum but also with the academic regulations of the college.