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Bachelor's in Pre-Occupational/Physical Therapy

If you are looking for the perfect point of entry into a career in occupational or physical therapy, discover the B.S. in Pre-Occupational/Physical Therapy program at Indiana Wesleyan University. This program consists of a combination of courses taken in conjunction with any other major, including Exercise Science, Applied Health and Fitness, Biology, and Physiology. This program is designed to prepare graduates to apply for professional OT or PT programs. When you apply, be sure to make sure check the PT school’s prerequisites that you want to apply to after graduation to make sure they align with the courses in this program. To make the best decision, talk to our advisors to create a clear path toward your goal.

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s in Pre-Occupational/Physical Therapy at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your education at IWU. We offer accredited degree programs taught by experienced faculty who are experts in the topics they teach. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this pre-occupational therapy bachelor's degree program. In this campus-based program, you will benefit from faculty and advisors who want to help you succeed beyond graduation.

What Will I Learn in this Pre-Occupational/Physical Therapy Program?

This program is designed to give students who want to earn a degree for physical therapy or occupational therapy get the foundation they need to prepare for a licensure program. Students learn from faculty with experience in occupational and physical therapy. They are ready to offer you 1:1 support to help ensure your success in this program. Course topics include anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, physics, research methods, and more.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Bachelor of Science in Pre-Occupational/Physical Therapy

Coursework for this occupational and physical therapy program includes:

  • A comprehensive foundation of knowledge and skills in the core disciplines that will ground your occupational/physical therapy practice
  • Opportunity to learn valuable leadership and communication skills that enhance your practice and patient care
  • A pathway toward a licensure program in physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Apply biblical perspectives to a career in therapy

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Sports Rehab
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Health Specialist

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
Because high academic achievement is required for admission to health professional schools, the Divisions of Health and Human Performance plus Natural Sciences have developed minimum criteria for the Pre-Health Care Sciences (Non-Nursing) Program designation on IWU degree audits and diplomas. Upon completion of the freshman year, students interested in maintaining the Pre-Health Care Sciences (Non-Nursing) Program designation must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, complete a prescribed essay, and interview with the Pre-Professional Committee. The essay and interview are administered as part of the PMD-110 course (Preparing the Christian Health Professional, completed by the student in the spring of his or her freshman year). Students whose cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 are encouraged to investigate, with the help of their academic advisor, alternative career paths. If the student does not eventually achieve the minimum cumulative GPA, the Residential Academic Services Office will drop the Pre-Health Care Sciences (Non-Nursing) designation from the degree audit and diploma on graduation. Transfer students wishing to have the Pre-Health Care Sciences (Non-Nursing) Program designation on their degree audit and diploma will need to demonstrate that they meet the GPA requirements in core courses and overall completed courses based on applicable classes at previous accredited institutions. All subsequent decisions as to retention in the Pre-Health Care Sciences (Non-Nursing) Program will be based on IWU courses only. These students should enroll in PMD-110 at their earliest opportunity. 
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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