Occupational Therapy Degree Program Overview

Begin your occupational therapy career at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Take pre-occupational therapy coursework during your Franciscan undergraduate studies before pursuing your master’s degree in occupational therapy at Walsh University, a Catholic university located in North Canton, Ohio. You’ll be ready to answer God’s call to serve others as an occupational therapist.

4+2 Program

Complete two degrees in six years by earning a bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Walsh University. Through this cooperative program, you must be accepted into Franciscan’s Early Assurance Program as a freshman and complete your undergraduate degree here. You then may qualify for preferential consideration for admission to the two-year Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Walsh University.

Explore More of the Biology Bachelor’s Degree Program

Here are just a few other ways Franciscan’s biology bachelor’s degree program stands out from the rest:

  • Financial aid and scholarships: From need-based grants to scholarships specifically for incoming students to loans and work opportunities, there are many options available to make your Franciscan biology major affordable. Learn more about college costs and tuition at Franciscan.
  • Faculty mentoring: With a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll develop mentoring relationships with dedicated and inspiring Catholic university professors. These experts, scholars, authors, and researchers are committed to helping you reach your educational, personal, and professional goals.
  • Applied learning: From research to study abroad to internships in Ohio and across the country, you’ll gain a true understanding of biology through practical experience. Bring textbook and classroom learning to life through field experiences, too. In the Tropical Marine Biology course, for example, you can spend six days in the Florida Keys studying coral reefs. Franciscan’s Human Embryology course allows non-biology majors to learn about life from conception to natural birth.
  • Catholic faith in action: Participate in medical mission trips, shadowing physicians, observing surgeries, and assisting in bringing much-needed care into poverty-stricken regions. Prepare to defend the culture of life in the greater medical and scientific community through a strong ethical foundation built on Catholic teaching.
What Can You Do With a Biology Degree?

Occupational therapist positions and many other careers are in reach when you major in occupational therapy at Franciscan University in Ohio. Graduates of the Catholic-focused occupational therapy degree program work in research labs, allied health labs, and science classrooms. They’re also continuing (or have completed) their graduate and professional school education. Franciscan occupational therapy majors go help and support in-need communities around the nation.

Graduate and Professional Schools for Occupational Therapy Majors   

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Assistive Technology

Potential Job Titles for Occupational Therapy Majors

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Assistive Technology Developer
  • Medical Writer
  • Health Coach or Counselor
  • Healthcare Administrator
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Beyond the Classroom
Franciscan Institute for Science and Health

The Franciscan Institute for Science and Health (FISH) is an initiative of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a mission to provide real-world experience and hands-on training to every Franciscan undergraduate science major and Engineering Dual-Degree student.

Franciscan Institute for World Health

FIWH provides and coordinates global health-focused educational trainings and experiences for committed and dedicated undergraduates with a secondary goal of fostering lifelong compassion and career connection to serve the unmet health needs of the neglected people of the world.

Research Driven Opportunities

Not only will you work on faculty-led biology research on the Franciscan campus in Ohio, you’ll also gain hands-on experience assisting with trailblazing medical research nationwide — from the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., to AVM Biotechnology in Seattle, Washington. You’ll have opportunities to present research at national meetings and to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Austrian Semester Abroad

Grow, develop, and be formed into a more mature occupational therapy student by spending a semester in Franciscan’s Austrian program. You’ll expand your occupational therapy major in unbelievable ways by traveling to places such as Rome and the holy sites of Christendom, and through courses taught at a 14th-century monastery that also serves as your home.

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Still undecided? You might also be interested in these other undergraduate degree programs at Franciscan that are similar to the occupational therapy bachelor’s degree.

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