Occupational therapists work with people who have been disabled by physical illness or injury, birth defects, emotional disorders, aging, drug abuse, or other problems. They work in hospitals, school systems, and rehabilitation centers to facilitate therapeutic activities that help improve their patients’ everyday lives.
The health science degree with the pre-occupational therapy option will be your first step leading to a career in occupational therapy. It’s considered a pre-professional degree because it prepares you for further study in graduate school. The second step is completion of a master's degree in occupational therapy, which is the minimum degree required to get your license and become a practicing occupational therapist.