Pre-Occupational Therapy

About the Program

Occupational therapy is a growing professional field, filled with many exciting and rewarding opportunities. You can get started on the path toward that vocation by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Pre-Occupational Therapy program. After two years, you will earn an Associate of Science degree and continue toward a bachelor’s degree.

Most Occupational Therapy schools require students entering the program to have a bachelor’s degree, and many states require students to have a master's degree. In this program, you will complete many of the general education courses needed to prepare you for coursework in a bachelor degree program, including general biology and chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and math requirements.

With an average class size of 25 students, you will have plenty of opportunity for one-on-one interaction with instructors – something you won’t be able to get at many larger colleges and universities.

Career Information

The Pre-Occupational Therapy program is designed for students intending to transfer on to a four-year institution. Advanced education beyond the bachelor’s degree is required in order to work as an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists work directly with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling. They not only help these people improve basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but they also work with them to learn how to compensate for permanent loss of function.

Salary Information

Salary: Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
Average: $53,302 or $25.63/hour
Entry Level: $19.03/hour
Experienced: $28.93/hour

* Salaries reflect completion of a Bachelor's degree or higher.

* Salary information from www.ihaveaplaniowa.org as reported by the US Dept of Labor www.bls.gov.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.S.
Average Class Size: 20
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus,  Clarinda Center