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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Degree Option

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Health Sciences

Regulations and Academic Requirements

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Program Overview

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.

Requirements for Major

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. 

Course Credits
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
Professional Electives 15

Biomedical Science Electives

BIO 095-199

CHEM 097-199

NSCI 001-199

PHY 012-199

Health Sciences Electives

HSCI 100-199

EDUC 172

PHAR 100-199

Business Electives

ACCT 040-199

BLAW 060-199

ECON 010-199

FIN 095-199

MGMT 110-199

MKTG 101-199

Psychology Electives

PSY 002-191 (excluding 042, 044)

SCSS 081

Drake Curriculum / General Electives 35
Total 124.5

 *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.

Regulations and Academic Requirements

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 (

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:

  • Adapt to the college environment
  • Assist in the development of the student's education plan by providing input and feedback
  • Encourage discussions about the appropriateness of their chosen career track and the career options within the profession
  • Assist in identification of opportunities for professional skill development and
  • Make appropriate referrals to university student service offices when academic or personal difficulties arise.

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.

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