Pre-Occupational Therapy

Preparing you for admission into any school of occupational therapy

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Occupational Therapy

As an occupational therapist, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a variety of patients, guiding them to develop skills that will enhance their lives and help them gain independence. While pre-occupational therapy is not a major itself, we’ll match you with a degree program and the necessary?coursework required?to?prepare you for admission into a school of occupational therapy.




Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong communication skills
  • Can demonstrate integrity and caring
  • Are patient and organized
  • Show caring and compassion for others
  • Are a good listener
  • Enjoy research
  • Are creative and a good critical thinker

With an occupational therapy degree, you could work in the areas of:

  • Pediatric occupational therapy
  • Geriatric occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology

At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more!


The NSU?WolfPACT?is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities!

Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-occupational therapy program often major in:

And they often minor in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality.?Learn more!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts -?while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art?Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit.?Learn more!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:

Pre-Occupational Therapy Faculty Advisor:?Dr. Jon Mitchell, 605-626-2458 or?

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

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