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Pre-Occupational Therapy


Occupational therapists are passionate about helping patients with disabilities or chronic conditions return to their normal activities. They’re dedicated, hard-working and determined to find solutions. They also understand the importance of working as a valuable member of a health care team.

Get a head start on this rewarding career by enrolling in the Pre-Occupational Therapy program at Edinboro University.

It puts you on the right track to apply to a professional school to earn your M.S. in Occupational Therapy (MOT).



Join a Growing Field

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of occupational therapists will grow 18 percent between now and 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer's disease, cerebral palsy, autism or the loss of a limb.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

As a Pre-Occupational Therapy student at Edinboro, you'll follow a rigorous curriculum that is heavy on the sciences, including courses in kinesiology and exercise physiology that are required by well-known MOT programs in the area.

Balance these classes with general education and core courses that improve your critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making and you'll become a qualified candidate for any professional school.

Small classes taught by faculty members with a wide array of research interests will enable you to participate fully in your education and appreciate the importance of evidence-based medicine. Faculty mentors will ensure you're equipped to do well on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and meet the requirements for the MOT program that interests you.

How Edinboro Supports You.

A professional degree and state licensure is required before you can practice as an occupational therapist, but it's never too early to build a resume that demonstrates your commitment to the field.

Opportunities at Edinboro include:

  • Independent research under the supervision of a faculty expert
  • Internships that allow you to earn credits and provide firsthand experience in the field
  • Capstone experience that may lead to presentations at local, regional or national meetings
  • On-campus organizations such as Tri Beta, a National Biological Honor Society, and Health Professions Club

Surround Yourself With Future Professionals.

Students like you who are focused and serious about careers in health care are here at Edinboro. They could be following any one of these pre-professional tracks:

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Nina Thumser
Department Chair
126C and 146 Cooper Hall
Phone: 814-732-2158

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