Pre-Occupational Therapy (OT) Program Information

Bachelor of Science


Curriculum Accreditation  


Occupational therapists require master’s degrees. At Baker College, students must complete the Pre-Occupational Therapy program before entering the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Occupational therapists provide therapeutic interventions to individuals across the lifespan. Interventions are designed to promote successful engagement in everyday activities (occupations). These include the skills necessary for learning, social interaction and recovery from emotional, physical and/or cognitive limitations.

This program is concerned with providing a practical education that will enable graduates to apply their skills to a diverse population in a variety of settings. The curriculum will provide students with early exposure to the occupational therapy profession and to those conceptual models that are applied by occupational therapists on a daily basis. The combined Pre-Occupational Therapy program and the Master of Occupational Therapy program are currently recognized as fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and can be reached by mail at: c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; (301) 652-2682;

Students must have successfully completed all Level I and Level II, clinical experiences, and have graduated from an accredited occupational therapy program to be eligible to sit for the national Occupational Therapist Registered Examination. States have licensure laws that occupational therapists must comply with to practice in that state. The accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and the American Occupational Therapy Association have mandated that all entry-level occupational therapists be prepared at the master degree level beginning January 2007. Therefore, all pre-occupational therapy students will be required to apply to the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies upon completion of the Pre-Occupational Therapy program. The Baker College Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy programs are combined as a 4+2 degree program; students complete four years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study. Graduate admission is open only to students who have completed the Pre-Occupational Therapy program at Baker College of Auburn Hills.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure

Students are encouraged to contact state licensure agencies and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) at (301) 990-7979 or prior to applying to the program.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment


This program is offered on the following campus: Auburn Hills (AH)
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