Pre-Occupational Therapy


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Degree Overview

As an occupational therapist, you'll help people flourish in incredibly tangible ways. You'll guide your patients as they regain fine motor skills—and gain hope and confidence in their everyday lives.

At Calvin, you'll take courses and gain experience that prepares you for a masters (MSOT) or doctorate-level graduate program in occupational therapy. You can study at Calvin for four years—or apply to begin graduate studies after three years through our partnership program with the top-ranked Washington University School of Medicine. Whichever path you choose, you'll be prepared to thrive in your career while making a profound difference in people's lives.

Program Distinctives

Choose your major - Calvin’s occupational therapy track pairs well with any number of majors. Study what you’re passionate about while preparing for an OT career.
Work with a dedicated advisor - A dedicated advisor will help you tailor an academic plan to your career goals. They'll work with you to ensure that you graduate with the knowledge, coursework, and clinical experience you need.
Promote health and renewal - Empower people of all ages who face physical, developmental, or cognitive challenges. You’ll help your patients develop, recover, improve, or maintain skills needed for daily living and working.

Degree Information

  • Overview

    The pre-occupational therapy program at Calvin is designed to prepare you for entry into a master's level occupational therapy program. As a professional in this applied science, you'll enable your patients by teaching them the skills they need to function and contribute to society. The five-year program is comprised of three years at Calvin and two years at Washington University where you'll receive your clinical training. Upon completion of your second year at Washington, you'll receive your MSOT—master of science in occupational therapy—degree.

    More options

    This program is part of a family of health science programs at Calvin, many of which share a common course foundation. To learn about other options in the health sciences, see the School of Health page.

    Related classes at Calvin

    Human Anatomy, Anatomical Kinesiology, Developmental Psychology

    Education after Calvin

    Complete 2–3 years in an occupational therapy program leading to a masters of science in occupational therapy (MSOT). Additional years can lead to a doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD).

    Student involvement

    Volunteer at local hospitals and senior centers; attend lectures sponsored by the biology and chemistry departments; spend the summer assisting a professor with research; intern at Van Andel Institute; work as a Camp Counselor at a camp for adults with special needs.

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