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

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

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.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Bretton and Kimberly Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; seeking a career (nursing, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc.) that focuses on the care of the elderly; preference is given to those who volunteer or work at a skilled nursing facility
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Debra Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, environmental science or physics major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Alexander and Lavonne Dragt Family Honors Scholarship
  • award amount: varies
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; an Honors Scholarship recipient; preference is given to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or music
  • automatic consideration
Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Dragt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or political science
  • automatic consideration
James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing biomedical science which could be pursuing a pre-med program or biology, biochemistry, chemistry or biotechnology major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Hazel Holtrop Natural Resources Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; have an interest in a natural resource career such as forestry, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, hydrology, soil science, outdoor recreation, etc; have an interest in outdoor activities
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ann, Myrtle, Eunice, Faith and Marie Huizenga Scholarship for Women
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in the medical field; demonstrate a caring attitude; interested in missions and life of Christian service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Lindsten-McQueen Occupational Therapy Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; planning to pursue a masters (MSOT) or doctorate (OTD) in occupational therapy; must show a deep level of passion and understanding for the field of occupational therapy
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Louise Wagner/Vander Wagen Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA or 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; intending to pursue a career in optometry or ophthalmology with first preference being given to optometry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
West Michigan Optometric Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; biology, biotechnology or biochemistry major; intending to pursue a career in optometry
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Randall Bytwerk
Laura DeHaan

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

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Associate 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 of Biology
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Larry Louters

Larry Louters
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DH 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
Pre-professional health advisor: Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry
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

John Ubels

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

Randall Van Dragt

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

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Associate Director, The Calvin Honors Program
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

Julie Yonker

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

Talk to us

Amy Wilstermann Amy Wilstermann
Program Director
Associate Director, The Calvin Honors Program
Department of Biology
DH 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7620

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