Pre-Professional

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Stuckert Career Center

408 Rose St.

Lexington, KY

Pre-Professional

Stuckert Career Center

Program website

859-257-2746

  • BA
  • BS

At the University of Kentucky, pre-professional paths are interest areas that students complete alongside their UK Core requirements and major curriculum. Pre-Professional Advisors offer support and guidance to University of Kentucky students, from all majors, interested in applying to occupational therapy programs. In addition to outlining necessary coursework and guiding students through application processes, Pre-Professional Advisors also direct students to University programs, such as UK Education Abroad or the Office of Community Engagement, that foster well-rounded occupational therapy applicants.  

Pre-Occupational Therapy Curriculum

Each Occupational Therapy (OT) School has different requirements for prerequisite courses. A curriculum based on biology, psychology, and liberal arts is required.

*Please note that each Occupational Therapy school requirements vary from school to school. Research schools early for specific information about requirements.

The following courses are generally required for most Occupational Therapy schools:

  • Two semesters of Anatomy/Physiology
  • One semester of General Biology with lab
  • One semester of Statistics
  • Two semesters of Psychology (usually including Developmental and Abnormal Psychology)
  • One semester of Sociology 
  • One semester of Medical Terminology

 

 

Imagine Your Future

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists treat patients who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$86,280

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

143,300

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

22,700

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

About half of occupational therapists work in offices of occupational therapy or in hospitals. Others work in schools, nursing homes, and home health services. Therapists may spend a lot of time on their feet while working with patients.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Meet with an Advisor

Pre-OT students should meet with a pre-occupational therapy advisor at least twice during their freshman and sophomore years and at least three times during their junior and senior years. Students can schedule an appointment with a pre-professional advisor in the Stuckert Career Center through Handshake or by emailing UKCareerCenter@uky.edu.  Students with a major in the College of Arts & Sciences can also contact a pre-health advisor in that college by emailing ASAdvisingCenter@uky.edu.

While the University of Kentucky does not have an Occupational Therapy school, you can research OT programs at https://acoteonline.org/schools/.     

 


What should I major in?

At the University of Kentucky (UK), pre-professional programs are interest areas that students complete alongside their UK Core requirements and major curriculum. Successful occupational therapy applicants come from a variety of majors and backgrounds with diverse interests and talents.  Students are encouraged to work with their pre-occupational therapy advisor to explore their options and to ensure required coursework is completed.


Contact

Stuckert Career Center

408 Rose St.

Lexington, KY

Pre-Professional

Stuckert Career Center

859-257-2746