Pre-Occupational Therapy Program

You’re the type of person who finds fulfillment in being there for others, so it’s no surprise you’re interested in George Fox’s pre-occupational therapy program. The call of an occupational therapist (OT) is to evaluate and treat the injured, ill and disabled, helping them take charge of their everyday lives.

George Fox’s pre-occupational therapy program prepares you for the rigors of graduate school, providing you with hands-on classroom instruction and the opportunity to pursue research and internships in the OT field.

Beyond offering the requisite courses, we emphasize a learning environment where faith is integrated into your coursework as you pursue a profession dedicated to bringing independence, hope, dignity and healing to your patients.

Our Doctoral Program

As a bonus, you’ll benefit from the presence of our Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, scheduled for a fall 2024 launch. This gives you access to a larger group of faculty members, more research resources, and a broader network to leverage.

Our Community

You’ll benefit from our 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, which ensures you’ll receive the personalized attention you need to thrive. And with the career and academic coaching you will receive through our Career and Academic Planning Center, you have advocates who will help plot your course and find the occupational therapy program that’s right for you.

You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with your peers by joining our athletic training or exercise science/kinesiology student-run clubs.

Our Faith

Beyond preparing you academically, our professors will take a vested interest in you as a person – willing to listen as you discuss your hopes and dreams for your career, as well as your growth both personally and spiritually. They also teach science from a Christ-centered perspective, recognizing God as Creator, so you won’t be attending a school where science and Christianity are at odds.

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What Will I Study?

We offer all of the courses necessary to satisfy the required competencies of most occupational therapy programs. It’s important to consult with your academic advisor early to set up a plan for a strong program.

Your course of study will vary depending on your major, but you must take certain courses to meet OT graduate program requirements.

  • We offer undergraduate research and clinical job shadowing opportunities, and many of our students engage in research both at the university and at Oregon Health & Science University.
  • You should also focus on learning as much as you can about medicine, ethics, etc., from physicians, local hospitals, and other health professionals. Shadowing an occupational therapist can be helpful in determining whether you would really like to have a career in the profession.
  • Select your major based on what you enjoy and where you will thrive academically. However, the majority of OT students major in kinesiology, biology, biochemistry or psychology, which provide the foundation required for admission to most OT programs.