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Pre-Professional Occupational Therapy

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy

Minors

The Department of Kinesiology strives to impart the knowledge, skills, and professional qualities necessary to pursue career and/or advanced learning opportunities in the sport and exercise settings as well as promote health and wellness as a part of life-long learning.  The department combines the values of a liberal arts education with specific content in the areas of Exercise Science, Sport Management, Kinesiology – Pre Occupational Therapy, and Kinesiology – Pre Physical Therapy.

The program serves as a curriculum for students interested in pursuing admission to a Masters’ level Occupational Therapy program.  The program provides pre-requisite courses that are generally required for admission consideration to a Masters of Occupational Therapy program. The program does not guarantee admission to any graduate program, and does not qualify graduates of the program for licensure/certification as an occupational therapist. This is the purpose of the graduate programs. Additional pre-requisite course work may be needed, so students are encouraged to use elective hours and available time to acquire this possible additional coursework.

Admission consideration to the program will include a H.S. GPA minimum of 3.0 and SAT Math score minimum of 500.  A strong science background will also be beneficial and will be strongly considered.

Upon graduation from this program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate the abilities associated with being an independent learner and critical thinker.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally both orally and in writing.
  3. Demonstrate pre-professional skills and qualities evidenced through a practical culminating experience.

Special Features

  • Internship requirement – off campus

The program curriculum covers a range of course work that is pertinent to someone who becomes a qualified/licensed practitioner of Occupational Therapy.  There is significant science, math, psychology, and kinesiology course work required.  Applicants must demonstrate a minimum math proficiency of Pre-Calculus I level.  The program mirrors existing programs in the Kinesiology Department by requiring completion of a minimum of 100 hours of observation in the OT field at an appropriate facility and completion of a 400 clock hour internship in an OT facility/setting.

Graduates of the program may also choose to use the degree to pursue possible graduate work in the Athletic Training/Sports Medicine field (Masters’ with initial certification) or within the Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology field.

Requirements

  1. Must have an accumulative GPA of 3.0 by the conclusion of the 4th consecutive full time semester of enrollment in the program or completion of 64 credit hours as designated by the year one and two of the 4-year plan. If below the required GPA at this point, the student must change degree program. For internship eligibility requirements: attain a minimum grade of “C” in all courses with KN; attain a minimum grade of “C” in all MAJOR REQUIREMENT COURSES; must have an earned cumulative GPA of 3.0; must be a declared major in Pre- OT program; and have final approval of the Kinesiology Department Faculty. All interns should have a current CPR/AED certification during the internship experience. If the site supervisor for the internship deems it unnecessary, a written statement to the fact must be submitted to the intern’s college supervisor (academic advisor). All internship site supervisors and facilities must meet the approval of the Kinesiology Department Faculty. The internship requirement is a minimum of 400 clock hours.
  2. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in all major requirement courses, including the Level I math (MA 112) and science (BI 210), and Level IV Core course (KN402A). Any current Wesley College student not initially declared as a major in the program, must have an accumulative grade point average of 3.0 and have taken and passed MA 111 with a “C” minimum grade in order to be accepted (change major) into the program.
  3. Graduation requirement is an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and an earned grade of C in all courses listed under program requirements, including KN402A.
  4. Any additional graduate school admission requirements, including a specified final GPA is the responsibility of the student.
  5. NO transfer credits will be accepted from community college level course work for 300 and 400 level courses. Acceptance of ANY transfer credits is the discretion of the Wesley College Office of the Registrar and the Kinesiology Department Faculty.

Internship Eligibility

  1. All designated required program course work must be completed no later than the semester prior to the actual internship semester.
  2. An overall GPA must be a minimum of 3.0
  3. Completion of the minimum 100 hours of observation in the field within an appropriate facility.
  4. A minimum grade of C in all designated required program course work, including MA 112, BI 210, and KN 402A.
  5. Criminal background check, drug screen, and immunization verification if required by the site of the internship (may also apply to the observation hours).
  6. All other requirements requested by potential site supervisors.
  7. Final approval from the faculty of the department.

Possible Additional Course Work

  • Sociology Course
  • Anthropology
  • Zoology
  • Vertebra Biology
  • Sports & Exercise Psychology
  • Biology II
  • Nutrition
  • Graduate Program Specific Requirement(s)
  • Physics II
  • Stress Management
  • Foreign Language (Spanish)- may want to also consider taking at some point a Bi-lingual heath care course.

Alternative Degree Programs

Students who change their degree program to one of the programs listed below may still have opportunity to apply to graduate school, but must still meet both graduation requirements for the program and any additional requirements for graduate school admission consideration:

This completion of this program does not guarantee admission to graduate school. The curriculum requirements for this program are the designed to allow students to have a directed focus in allied heath, math, science and behavioral science areas. It is the responsibility students in the program to explore graduate school pre-requisite requirements for graduate school admission consideration. The student is responsible for determining what courses or other requirements are needed for this purpose. It is strongly recommended to use available general elective credits or available course space in semesters for additional course requirements for graduate school admission consideration, as this will allow students to modify course work in accordance to graduate school requirements.

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