College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Degree Option

Regulations and Academic Requirements

Pre-Occupational Therapy web site

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2022-2023 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

Students in the Pre-OT program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree on either a 3-Year or 4-Year track prior to beginning the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program.  Students will apply for admission into the OTD program in their last year of completing the B.S. degree.  These students will follow much of the same curriculum as the students in the Clinical and Applied Sciences track, with a few modifications.

In addition to several foundational courses in biomedical sciences and liberal arts, all Pre-OT students will enroll in the Issues in Health Sciences course series.  The Issues in Health Sciences courses provide an introduction to the professions within the health care system, as well as the opportunity to explore current issues and controversies facing health care professionals in multiples fields.  Pre-OT students will have an opportunity through the Issues in Health Sciences courses to shadow in an occupational therapy environment, as well as opportunities for career exploration, learning innovation and practice management skills, and understanding the health care system.

Requirements for Major

The following is a list of courses that Pre-OT students would take at Drake while completing their bachelor's degree to prepare for admission into the OTD program. 

Course Credits
BIO 012 - General Biology I lecture 3
BIO 012L - General Biology I lab 1
BIO 013 - General Biology II lecture 3
BIO 013L - General Biology II lab 1
CHEM 001 - General Chemistry I lecture 3
CHEM 002 - General Chemistry II lecture 3
CHEM 003 - General Chemistry I lab 1
CHEM 004 - General Chemistry II lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
FYS 0-- - First Year Seminar 3
HSCI 020 - Issues in Health Sciences I 1.5
HSCI 025 - Issues in Health Sciences II 3
HSCI 055 - Issues in Health Sciences III 3
HSCI 095 - Medical Terminology 1
HSCI 105 - Issues in Health Sciences IV 3
HSCI 125 - Medical Physiology & Lab 4
HSCI 141 - Human Anatomy with lab 3
HSCI 155 - Issues in Health Sciences V 3
HSCI 172 - Evaluating Research Literature 3
HSCI 196 - Senior Experience I 4
HSCI 197 - Senior Experience II 4
MATH 050 - Calculus I 4
PHY 011 - Gen Physics I 4
PSY 001 - Intro to Psychology  4
PSY 042 - Child/Adolescent Psych 3
PSY 044 - Adult Development and Aging 3
PSY 076 - Abnormal Psychology 3
SCSR 073 - Public Speaking 3
STAT 060 - Statistics for the Life Sciences 3
General Electives 18
Professional Electives 23
Total 122.5

Professional Electives for the Pre-Occupational Therapy track (minimum of 15 credits):

Biomedical Science Health Sciences Electives Business Electives Psychology Electives
BIO 095-199 EDUC 172  ACCT 040-199  LEAD 050-199 
BIO 124 HSCI 100-199 BLAW 060-199 PSY 002-191 (Excluding:042, 044)
BIO 126 HSCI 140 ECON 002-199 PSY 030
BIO 133 HSCI 143 FIN 095-199 PSY 080
BIO 134 HSCI 145 MGMT 110-199 PSY 122
BIO 145 HSCI 148 MKTG 101-199 PSY 148
BIO 165 HSCI 149 SCSS 081
CHEM 097-199  HSCI 150
NSCI 001-199 PHAR 100-199
PHY 012-199 PHAR 126
PHY 189

With prior approval from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, students may complete some of these courses via Advanced Placement (AP) credit or dual credit courses taken in high school.  Students must earn a 4 or higher on the AP exam or earn a C or higher in a dual credit course in order to receive credit for and fulfill these courses.  See Drake University's credit policy or the page for more information.

Regulations and Academic Requirements

Pre-Occupational Therapy students should become familiar with the General Information section of this catalog, which covers many regulations that affect all Drake University students. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences also has a number of specific regulations and requirements that must be met to progress through the Pre-Occupational Therapy curriculum. Some of these are listed below; others are available in the Health Sciences Student Handbook (

Many courses have prerequisite requirements. Admission to a course is denied if prerequisite courses have not been successfully completed. Therefore, deviations from the curriculum as it is structured require careful consideration. Course prerequisites may be found in the are of this catalog.

Students may apply a maximum of 9 hours of elective coursework on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the 9 hours maximum. The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 before registering in a course on a credit/no credit basis.

All Pre-Occupational Therapy students are required to complete a senior capstone experience (HSCI 196/197) prior to graduation. Due to regulations at many of the experiential sites used for the senior capstone experiences, the college will complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to entering the senior capstone year. Senior capstone sites have the right to refuse to accept a student based on the results of the criminal background check. Many of these sites also require that a copy of the background check is forwarded to them. Students who have positive drug screens and will be entering their senior capstone experience will be referred to the Chemical Dependency Policy.

Pre-Occupational Therapy students are assigned a faculty member as their academic adviser. Faculty advisers help students:

  • Adapt to the college environment
  • Assist in the development of the student's education plan by providing input and feedback
  • Encourage discussions about the appropriateness of their chosen career track and the career options within the profession
  • Assist in identification of opportunities for professional skill development and
  • Make appropriate referrals to university student service offices when academic or personal difficulties arise.

The Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services is responsible for coordinating the registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses, approving educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests, updating degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers and transfer courses, answering student questions regarding registration, credit completion, course transfer process and study-abroad opportunities, and coordinating and communicating opportunities for internship, study abroad, research and postgraduate study. The final responsibility for completion of graduation requirements, however, belongs to the student and, accordingly, each student should become familiar not only with the curriculum but also with the academic regulations of the college.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.