Pre-Occupational Therapy

Help others to achieve independence and to enjoy life to its fullest.

Becoming an occupational therapist will not only change your life; it will make a positive impact on others’ lives too. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference! You will be able to improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old. Students today can look forward to dynamic careers working in multiple settings with people of all ages.

“Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health.” — Mary Reily, OTR, EdD


Students who intend to pursue a career in occupational therapy should consider a B.S. degree in the Biological Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. The prerequisite courses for many degree programs are contained within the concentration including coursework in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics) and psychology. The B.S. Biological Sciences – Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration aims to prepare undergraduates with the broad background necessary for acceptance into graduate programs in occupational therapy.

Doug Sheffer

You are more than an ID#

Quincy's classes are small, so you get a lot of personal attention. Talking to other students in med school, they didn't know their professors very well. I worked with my teachers every day.
Doug Sheffer '07, Cardiologist, Medical College of Wisconsin


  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Hand Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Older Persons Healthcare
  • Pediatric Healthcare and Rehabilitation
  • Acute Hospital Healthcare
  • Nursing Home and Residential Care
  • Primary and Community Care
  • Private Healthcare


As the variety of health careers continues to grow, it’s important that you have an opportunity to experience the medical field first-hand.  Internships allow you to experience a professional role and to build a rapport with those already in the field. Quincy students have interned in the following medical facilities:

  • Quincy Medical Group (Quincy, Ill.)
  • Blessing Hospital (Quincy, Ill.)
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Belleville, Ill.)
  • St. John’s Hospital (Springfield, Ill.)
  • St. John’s Mercy Medical Center (St. Louis, Mo.)
  • OSF St. Francis Medical Center (Peoria, Ill.)
Fun Fact: Attending Quincy can be very affordable for you--98% of our students receive financial assistance that ranges from $10,000 to $25,000 per year.

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