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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Dean's Office
    • Kapelski, Room 209
    • tel: 610-499-4336
    • fax: 610-499-4605

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are healthcare professionals who help people, at any age, participate in everyday activities at work, at school, at home, and in social settings. Using education, medicine, research, and a strong knowledge of a patient’s psychological, physical, and emotional status, occupational therapists are able to create a personalized path to recovery. Occupational therapy is a client-centered, rewarding career that provides the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. 

The pre-occupational therapy pathway is directed at developing undergraduate students and preparing them for graduate study in occupational therapy. This pathway is grounded in the emphasis on the student’s chosen program of study while also developing important skills for their professional career. 

All Widener undergraduate students in the pre-occupational therapy pathway will complete courses in anatomy and physiology, physics, psychology, social science, and statistics. The College of Arts and Sciences works closely with our undergraduate students to ensure their preparedness for graduate study in occupational therapy.

Undergraduate Majors

Unlike many other universities, Widener provides an advantage in that it allows students to pursue their interest in occupational therapy while at the same time exploring their interests and passions in any of several different majors, including:

Regardless of major, all students will take the required science courses needed for success in doctoral study. The coursework in combination with the assistance of an advisor prepares students for graduate study and an ultimate career in occupational therapy.

Our entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) Our program must be granted "candidacy status," have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted "accreditation status" before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®).