Pre-Occupational Therapy

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As an occupational therapist, you will help others regain and improve their skills for daily living.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapist are a crucial part of many treatment regimens, helping patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed to live and work. OTs use a variety of methods to help people of all ages with injuries, illnesses and disabilities. Few health science careers draw from as diverse an array of interests and backgrounds as occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy vs. physical therapy: What's the difference? OTs help their patients learn to perform the tasks of daily living in spite of injury, developmental or cognitive deficits. Many times these skills will be used for the entirety of the patient’s life. PTs have a more acute role, which means that they help patients to recover normal function after an injury or surgery.

The pre-professional education pathway

This is a transfer program. What does that mean? This Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program prepare students for entry into a bachelor's degree program and/or for application directly into their identified area of professional schooling.

This is separate of the degree path to becoming an occupational therapy assistant. (Click to learn more about the OTA program.)

How to become an occupational therapist

The pre-occupational therapy program at Casper College prepares students to transfer to a professional program at another institution.

CC has a transfer partnership with the University of North Dakota, providing students the opportunity to earn an entry-level master's degree in occupational therapy while remaining on the Casper College campus. CC students will work with a CC advisor before applying for entry to this program.

Students planning to transfer to schools other than UND should contact those schools to obtain transfer requirements. Students should also notify the pre-OT advisor so that appropriate course selections are made.

Degree info

For requirements and more information about this program, view its listing in the course catalog:


Academic Assistant, School of Science
Office: PS 114
Dean, School of Science
Office: PS 113