Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who suffer from some degree of disability. As a student in this program, you'll learn to look past a person's disability to discover what they can do.

Overview

The pre-occupational therapy program at Calvin is designed to prepare you for entry into a master's level occupational therapy program. As a professional in this applied science, you'll enable your patients by teaching them the skills they need to function and contribute to society. The five-year program is comprised of three years at Calvin and two years at Washington University where you'll receive your clinical training. Upon completion of your second year at Washington, you'll receive your MSOT?master of science in occupational therapy?degree.

Careers in Pre-Occupational Therapy

  • Advocate
  • Summer Camp Director
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Private Practice Owner
  • More

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Student involvement

Volunteer at local hospitals and senior centers; Attend lectures sponsored by the biology and chemistry departments; Spend the summer assisting a professor with research; Intern at Van Andel Institute; Work as a Camp Counselor at a camp for adults with special needs.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Preparation for entrance into the field of occupational therapy (OT) requires earning a master of science degree (MSOT) or a doctor?s degree (OTD) in occupational therapy, completing a six-month internship, and passing a national board examination. Admission into these graduate programs requires a college degree with any major so long as certain specified courses are taken.

Courses typically required include:

  • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences
  • BIOL-205 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL-206 Human Physiology
  • PSYC-151 Introductory Psychology: Perspectives on the Self
  • PSYC-201 Developmental
  • One from:
    • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • PSYC-255 Statistics and Research Design

It also requires work or volunteer experience in OT, which can be arranged through the Service-Learning Center at Calvin.

Because the specific courses required for admission to occupational therapy are designated by the school offering the degree, the student should obtain a list of these required courses from each school to which they intend to apply. This step can be completed after arriving at Calvin and learning which schools offer OT programs. Admission to graduate programs also requires work or volunteer experience in OT, which can be arranged through the Service-Learning Center at Calvin, and completion of the Graduate Record Exam. Before registering for classes, a schedule for each student is arranged in consultation with the pre-occupational therapy advisors, A. Wilstermann or R. Nyhof, of the Biology department.

Calvin offers a 3-2 combined curriculum program with the program in occupational therapy, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. A student participating in this program would spend three years at Calvin taking the specific courses listed below, apply for acceptance into the program at Washington University, and if accepted, transfer to Washington University for the two clinical years. Upon successful completion of the first year, the student would receive a bachelor of science in letters and occupational therapy from Calvin and a MSOT from Washington University upon successful completion of the second year program. Alternatively, a student accepted into the OTD program would spend three years at Washington University. A student applying from Calvin will receive preferential status in his/her application for either program.

The three-year program at Calvin includes the following requirements:

  • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences
  • BIOL-205 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL-206 Human Physiology
  • CHEM-115 Chemistry for the Health Sciences
  • One course from:
    • CAS-215 Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology
    • KIN-215 Physical Education and Recreation for Persons with Special Needs
  • CAS-101 Oral Rhetoric
  • ENGL-101 Written Rhetoric
  • one course in literature
  • Foreign language, through the second year college competency
  • One course from:
    • HIST-151 History of the West and the World I
    • HIST-152 History of the West and the World II
  • IDIS-110 Foundations of Information Technology
  • IDIS-149 First Year Prelude
  • IDIS-150 Developing a Christian Mind
  • One course from:
    • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • PSYC-255 Statistics and Research Design
  • Medical terminology course (to be arranged)
  • One course from:
  • PHIL-153 Fundamental Questions in Philosophy
  • PHIL-212 Ethical Dimensions of Health Care
  • RECR-324 Therapeutic Recr Practice
  • PHYS-223 Physics for the Health Sciences
  • PSYC-151 Introductory Psychology: Perspectives on the Self
  • PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • PSYC-212 Psychopathology
  • One course from:
  • A one 200-level religion course
  • SOC-151 Sociological Principles and Perspectives
  • SOC-153 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Three interim courses
  • Cross Cultural Engagement requirement

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Bretton and Kimberly Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior nursing or speech pathology major or pursuing a pre-physical therapy, or pre-occupational therapy program or other fields focused on care of the elderly
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those who volunteer or work at a skilled nursing facility
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Debra Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,800
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing biomedical science
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ann, Myrtle, Eunice, Faith and Marie Huizenga Scholarship for Women
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need required; interested in missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
NSF Scientific Computing Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000 to $8,000
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; US citizen; full-time student; demonstrate an interest in scientific computation and modeling
  • apply through the Integrated Science Research Institute
West Michigan Optometric Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; intending to pursue a career in optometry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Randall Bytwerk

Randall Bytwerk
Professor, co-chair
Department co-chair (budget & personnel)
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250-A
bytw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6286

Laura DeHaan

Laura DeHaan
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 375
ldehaan@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8689

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 217
jph27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7259

David Koetje

David Koetje
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Larry Louters

Larry Louters
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 223
lout@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6493

Elisha Marr

Elisha Marr
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 213
emm24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7019

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

R. Scott Stehouwer

R. Scott Stehouwer
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 330
rstehouw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6228

Donald Tellinghuisen

Donald Tellinghuisen
Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 361
dtelling@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6745

Peter Tigchelaar

Peter Tigchelaar
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 107
ptigch@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6346

John Ubels

John Ubels
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 213
jubels@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6219

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6497

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Julie Yonker

Julie Yonker
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
SB 380
jey2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7668

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Arlene Hoogewerf Arlene Hoogewerf
Department Chair
department chair
Department of Biology
DH 105
ahoogewe@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8668

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