2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Pre-Occupational Therapy, A.S.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Pre-Occupational Therapy (A.S.)

Program and Career Description

The Pre-Occupational Therapy emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to enter professional schools of occupational therapy. Students may need to take additional classes at a university prior to being accepted into a professional school. Below are a few examples of career and salary estimates.

Career Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Occupational Therapist $59,720 $82,830 $94,130

Career and salary information taken from JOBS4TN.GOV. Check out this website for additional information about job de­scriptions, education requirements and abilities, and supply and demand for these careers. For additional information from a national perspective, go to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Natural Sciences Requirement

Mathematics Requirement

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

Pre-Occupational Therapy, A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 61

Students requiring MATH 1000  and MATH 1720  should take these courses prior to beginning the following pathway to ensure timely completion.

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 14

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 17

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours:


*Math prerequisites will have to be met prior to taking this course.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

**Additional hours of coursework may be required prior to acceptance in to a professional school. Please check with the institution you wish to transfer to for any prerequisites.

For more information contact:
Karen Kendall-Fite at

kendall-fite@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2696
Science, Technology and Math Division office at 931.540.2710

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution.
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