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Pre-Occupational Therapy Advising

Pre-occupational therapy advising spans all the years of a student’s Whitworth education. Explore your career interests, receive personalized guidance, and gain skills and experience outside of the classroom that will prepare you to be a competitive applicant for occupational therapy school and a compassionate future practitioner.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people of all ages to participate fully in daily life activities. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people who are experiencing physical, cognitive or emotional impairments by providing skilled evaluation, intervention, and health promotion strategies to help them take care of themselves and their families, be productive, and contribute to the social and economic fabric of the community.

Why pursue pre-occupational therapy advising at Whitworth?

  • Find your calling. Vocational discernment is interwoven into all aspects of pre-occupational therapy advising, from mentoring to seminars and guest speaker events.
  • Form connections with professors and advisors who want to see you succeed and will support you every step of the way. Our advisors even continue to assist students after their Whitworth graduation, particularly as they prepare their occupational therapy school applications.
  • Take a specialized seminar course that will help you explore career paths.
  • Create camaraderie with your peers through the Pre-OT Club, which offers fun social activities and frequent guest speakers.
  • Gain experience working with individuals who are different from you. Enroll in a study abroad program that includes a medical internship, or join a student-run club like En Christo that serves low-income residents in Spokane. You will develop important perspectives you can apply toward a career in which you'll be working with patients from all walks of life.
  • Build leadership skills that will strengthen your résumé. At Whitworth, you will have many opportunities to develop into a capable and caring leader, whether by volunteering for a worthwhile cause, getting involved with student government or residence life, or serving as a teaching assistant.
  • Develop transferable skills that will make you more effective in your future career in healthcare and in other areas of life. A Whitworth liberal arts education will prepare you to think critically and communicate clearly.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our pre-occupational therapy advising grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our graduates are working as occupational therapists across the country.

Recent job placements include:

  • Megan (John) Colwell, pediatric occupational therapist, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland, Ore.
  • Alexis Woodie, occupational therapist (acute care), St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital, Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Graeme Lauer, occupational therapist, Eastern State Hospital, Department of Social and Health Services, Medical Lake, Wash.
  • Nichole Webber, occupational therapist, Foundations Holistic Therapy, Spokane
  • Micki Kleven, occupational therapist at Infinity at Home, Infinity Rehab, Salem, Ore.

Our recent pre-occupational therapy advising graduates further their studies in top occupational therapy programs at institutions including:

  • Creighton University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Colorado State University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

We have big plans for the future

Beginning in fall 2022, Whitworth University plans to offer its own occupational therapy doctoral program, enabling students to receive professional training that embodies Whitworth’s mission of mind-and-heart education. The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The OTD program has not yet been evaluated as a substantive change with our institutional accreditor, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Ask our pre-occupational therapy faculty advisor

Ask Justin

Instructor Justin Ulbright teaches in the health sciences department and specializes in anatomy, physiology, applied nutrition and kinesiology.

What related majors can I explore?

You may be surprised to learn you can choose any major as a pre-occupational therapy student. While it's more common to choose a major in the natural or social sciences, occupational therapy school applicants can also choose majors in the humanities like history, English and theology, and complete a significant number of credits in the sciences.

The most typical majors chosen by pre-occupational therapy students include: