BHS in Pre-Occupational Therapy
Degree Program Description
Occupational therapists are skilled health professionals who provide services to infants, children, adults and older persons experiencing physical, emotional or mental limitations in performing everyday activities. The department's philosophy supports a holistic model that emphasizes empowerment and the mind, body, spirit. The curriculum focuses on the value of occupation in relationship to health and wellness. The department's mission is to produce competent practitioners who can meet the challenges and changes occurring in institutions, community-based programs and educational settings in both urban and rural areas of Missouri. Occupational therapists are employed in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, nursing homes, home health agencies, community health programs and industry. As independent health practitioners, they are also involved in business, working with disability claims, in work-hardening programs and wellness/health promotion, or as proprietors of their own therapy services. Occupational therapists also work as educators, administrators, consultants and researchers. The department offers a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy (BHS) followed by the entry level master degree (MOT). To become a registered therapist the master degree is required.
Major Program Requirements
The professional degree program requires three years of course work after completion of all prerequisites and university general education requirements. Six months of field experiences in affiliated clinical and community-based sites, must be completed within 24 months after required didactic courses.
Students with a bachelor’s degree must complete the prerequisite courses and meet the university and OT admission requirements.
The following are MU courses. Students transferring from other institutions should seek advisement from the school and OT advisors and select appropriate prerequisite courses for admission. Medical terminology proficiency and 30 hours of observation is required. In addition to university, college and degree requirements, students must complete the following:
|Major core requirements|
|Prerequisites to the major|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|Select one of the following:||5|
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
|Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|PSYCH 2510||Survey of Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I||4|
|H_D_FS 2400||Principles of Human Development||4|
|MPP 3202||Elements of Physiology||5|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|or ANTHRO 1000||General Anthropology|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics||3|
|or STAT 1300||Elementary Statistics|
|OC_THR 1000||Introduction to Occupational Therapy||1-2|
|or HLTH_SCI 1000||Introduction to the Health Professions|
|Departmental course requirements|
|PTH_AS 4222||Gross Human Anatomy (The Health Professions)||7|
|OC_THR 4060||Professional Issues||1|
|OC_THR 4240||Applied Neurophysiology for Allied Health Students||3|
|OC_THR 4390||Lifespan Assessment||4|
|OC_THR 4220||Clinical Kinesiology||3|
|OC_THR 4520||Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy||4|
|OC_THR 4310||Foundations of Occupational Therapy||4|
|CDS 3200||Essentials of Pathology||2|
|OC_THR 4270||Clinical Pathophysiology||3|
|OC_THR 4622||Fieldwork I Older Adults||1|
|OC_THR 4650||Lifespan Interventions||4|
|OC_THR 4770||Community-Based Practice||3|
|OC_THR 4970||Research Methods||3|
|OC_THR 4422||Fieldwork I - Children||1|
|OC_THR 4450||Pediatric Practice||4|
|OC_THR 4350||Rehabilitation Practice||4|
|OC_THR 4670||Hand and Upper Extremity Intervention||2|
|OC_THR 4620||Lifespan Occupations II||2|
|OC_THR 4750||Cognition Across the Lifespan||2|
|OC_THR 4920||Clinical Documentation||2|
Upon successful completion of all courses, including field work experiences, students are eligible to sit for the examination of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, 800 South Fredrick, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20977-4150, (301) 990-7979. Successful completion of the exam is required by state regulatory agencies before entering into the profession.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
Note: Students should plan on working on a major wile taking prerequisites for Occupational Therapy. Admissions to the Occupational Therapy program is highly competitive.
Denotes elective coursework. These specific courses are not required, though the credit hours are required to reach the minimum amount of credit hours (59) needed to be eligible for the OT Professional Program.
The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.
MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.
MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.
For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.
For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.
Major and Career Exploration
The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.
- If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center. No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.