As you may be aware, W&J has a history of excellence in the sciences and is ranked third in the country (per capita) for producing future physicians and medical researchers. Our students experience remarkable success in their applications to graduate and professional fields in all areas within the health professions. One reason for this success is the extraordinary opportunity for challenging study and individual research at W&J. If you are interested in pursuing a career as an occupational therapist, W&J will provide you guidance from your first day on campus. Should you later decide that you want to pursue a different career, that is fine, too. At W&J, you get personalized guidance for a pre-health career, but you are not confined to that choice.
Occupational therapy is described as helping people of all ages to attain and maintain wellness. Occupational therapists help those who are disabled, those who have a chronic health condition, and those who are physically "well" to identify and function at their best and most satisfying level. After some years of practice experience and development of expertise, many occupational therapists go into private practice, develop a consulting business, are hired as advisors, and/or become involved in policy development.
Students preparing for admission to graduate schools in the health professions may elect to major in any discipline. If you wish to be recommended to professional schools by the Committee on Health Professions, you should register with the Committee on Health Professions as early as possible, and maintain that registration during your undergraduate career. The committee provides recommendations for applicants to health-professional schools in the fields of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, podiatric medicine, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant studies.
To secure a recommendation from the committee, in addition to the requirements of a major, a student must successfully complete the 10 to 13 courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, English, psychology, or sociology as designated for their chosen career goals. For more information, visit the Pre-Health Program web page.
The College has agreements regarding admission of qualified students to the Temple University School of Medicine; the Drexel University School of Physical Therapy; the Chatham University School of Physical Therapy; the Pennsylvania College of Optometry; the Saint Francis University Department of Physician Assistant Sciences; and the Chatham University Program of Master of Physician Assistant Studies.
At W&J, you will also have access to many of our most successful alumni in the medical field, who can assist you in your career path through mentoring and internships.