Bachelor of Science in Biology: General Biology – Preoccupational Therapy Program

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Graduation Requirement for BS in Biology – Preoccupational Therapy (PDF)

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Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Preoccupational Therapy Option at Purdue University Calumet

Purdue University Calumet’s biology program offers courses which meet the requirements for application to a Master of Occupational Therapy program.   A wide variety of  upper level biology courses are available for students to choose from.  Several of the courses have a lab component that allow students to learn laboratory skills and gain hands-on experience using standard testing methods as well as cutting edge techniques.  Students interested in OT may also major in other areas, but most complete the required pre-OT course work.

 Careers in Preoccupational Therapy

Data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that the “median annual wage of physicians and surgeons  was $72,320 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.