Pre-Occupational Therapy

Mount Mercy University’s pre-occupational therapy curriculum prepares students to join one of the fastest growing fields in health care today.

By combining classroom learning with clinical experience and individual advising, students who follow the pre-occupational therapy track in biology or psychology are prepared to treat patients of all ages with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

Students take coursework that successfully fulfills the requirements for their professional program of choice, while studying courses unique to their interests. Depending on the chosen major, pre-OT students should expect to study coursework in genetics, human anatomy, human physiology, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology.

Guided by an interactive approach, engaging curriculum, and faculty-student research, students develop valuable critical thinking, counseling, and research skills. Courses in the biology program utilize inquiry-based learning laboratory experiments, which help students hone their critical thinking skills—the same skills essential for success in all professional programs.

Internship and volunteer opportunities in patient care provide students with professional connections and experience in helping patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

Where can I go after studying pre-occupational therapy at Mount Mercy?

Our faculty take pride in supporting students in their academic growth, helping prepare application materials and coaching students in studying for professional placement exams.

Graduates from our pre-OT program have continued their studies at a variety of schools, including:

  • Creighton University
  • University of Minnesota
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.)
  • University of Missouri

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates demand for occupational therapists to grow by more than 24% by 2026.

With rigorous course work in the social sciences, sciences and humanities, Mount Mercy is the best school in the region to start studying this in-demand field. Our alumni explain why:

“Mount Mercy provided me with opportunities, experience, education and friendships that I could not have imagined would be a part of my four years as a student there. I was educated by caring, motivated professors who were truly focused on my success. They encouraged me to work in the health care field and volunteer while completing my academic requirements.”

Dr. Melanie Giesler '01(Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical Associates of Clinton, Iowa)