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Option 1 Pre-Physical Therapy/Pre-Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Science Degree

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Today's health professionals face a wealth of challenges. Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes, as well as bioterrorism, drug-resistant disease and transmission of disease by global travel pose tremendous health risks. Students preparing to enter the health care field require state-of-the-art training to meet these increasing threats to the public.

The health studies baccalaureate allows students to select from one of two major option areas: pre-physical therapy/pre-occupational therapy or community health.

Pre-Physical Therapy / Pre-Occupational Therapy

Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2009 to 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations. The long-term demand for physical therapists should continue to rise as new treatments and techniques expand the scope of physical therapy practices. In this area, students will gain the training to be accepted into professional education programs in physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Newly Renovated Facility

The health studies program is housed in the new, state-of-theart Morrow-Garrison complex. The facility features comfortable classrooms and modern labs, along with well-equipped rehabilitation and training rooms.

Pre-Physical Therapy/Pre-Occupational Therapy students benefit from the human performance laboratory located in Morrow 151. The lab is utilized for specific classes in several of the department's curricula. Students have the opportunity to assist with many of the research projects conducted in the facility. The lab is equipped with a ParvoMedics diagnostic metabolic system, Peak Motus video digitizing system, Kistler mobile force platform, a Life Measurement BOD POD, 12-lead ECG monitoring system, research grade treadmill, mechanical and electromechanically braked cycle ergometers, spirometer for pulmonary function assessment, pulse oximeter, bone densitometer, lactate analyzer, and various flexibility and muscle strength assessment devices.

Career Opportunities

The pre-physical therapy/preoccupational therapy program will prepare students for graduate or professional training in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assisting, medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, chiropractic medicine, research and more.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

UCM's Student Financial Services Office offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships each year to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents, or potential in a specific field of study. The primary mission of the office is to help students and their families identify and apply for appropriate financial resources to help pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Student Financial Services may be reached at 660-543-8266 or visit their website at

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