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Pre-Occupational Therapy Advising

Pre-Occupational Therapy Advising

Pre-occupational therapy advising at Messiah University

Are you interested in a career in occupational therapy? Messiah University, a private Christian college in Pennsylvania, offers pre-health advising options to help you prepare for a health-related career after obtaining your undergraduate degree.

Pre-occupational therapy is not structured as a major at Messiah University. Instead, we find it more effective to help prepare you for occupational therapy school through a personalized, rigorous advising pathway within a major you choose. You will work one-on-one with our dedicated pre-health advisor to get answers to your questions; explore a career path that matches your passions and skills; and to help ensure you complete the prerequisite courses and application materials required for acceptance into graduate school.  

While we have students from various majors go on to occupational school, some of the more widely selected majors for occupational therapy school-bound students at Messiah include:

  • Applied Health Science
  • Biochemistry (B.S. and B.A.)
  • Biology – bio-medical concentration
  • Biopsychology
  • Molecular Biology

While specific requirements vary by school, you will likely be required to take the following courses to be able to apply to occupational therapy school.

  • General biology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Statistics

Other pathways to OT at Messiah

Early Assurance Program (EAP)

Messiah University's Early Assurance Program allows up to five Messiah undergraduate students to obtain a guaranteed acceptance into its Master of Occupational Therapy program during their senior year of high school. Learn more about the Early Assurance Program.

Accelerated Occupational Therapy degree 

Messiah’s five-year accelerated program is designed for academically qualified first-year students who are confident they want to become occupational therapists. The program allows entering first-year students to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees at Messiah University, one of the top private Christian schools in the U.S., in less time than would be required to complete both of these degrees separately. Students who pursue this accelerated program earn both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree (your choice of applied health science with a pre-occupational therapy concentration, or psychology) and a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree from Messiah University in five years. Learn more about the accelerated degree program

Additional info

Academic and application requirements, career planning tools and more.

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Contact Martha Smith
Pre-health professions advising coordinator
717-766-2511, ext. 3936