Pre-Occupational Therapy

Offered by Health Science Programs

The following pre-occupational therapy program is suggested for students interested in seeking admission to the occupational therapy program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University. Competition to gain a place in occupational therapy school is intense and cannot be guaranteed; students are expected to plan for a college major.1 The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University requires a baccalaureate degree for admission.

Required Courses
BIOL 225Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 226Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 325Medical Terminology1
CHEM 145Introductory Chemistry4
PHIL 120Introduction to Ethics3
PSY 203General Psychology3
SPCH 100Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
Select 3 credit hours of HIST 100-HIST 499 23
PSY 230Human Development3
or PSY 231 Abnormal Behavior and Society
Select one of the following:3-4
Behavioral Statistics
Elementary Statistics
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Academic Writing
Special Topics in Academic Writing and Research
Recommended Courses for Electives
Select from the following:
Introduction to Nutrition
College Algebra 3
Software Productivity Tools
Introduction to Health Promotion
Introduction to Anatomical Biomechanics
Individuals with Exceptionalities
Total Credit Hours34-35

These courses meet the requirements at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University. Students should check with the specific school(s) to which they intend to apply to ensure all requirements are fulfilled. Requirements can vary greatly between different occupational therapy schools.


Students pursuing a program of study in pre-occupational therapy are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the pre-occupational therapy program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK general studies requirements and other degree requirements as set forth in the college catalog. (Students who are accepted into occupational therapy school prior to completing a baccalaureate degree at UNK may be eligible to receive a BS Degree in Applied Health Sciences if they have completed all General Studies requirements and have at least 85 semester credit hours completed in pre-OT studies.)


Except HIST 188.


Students with sufficient preparation may enter the mathematics program at a higher level.