Occupational & Physical Therapy - Preprofessional Program | Briar Cliff University

Pre-Occupational/Physical Therapy Program

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Biology or Kinesiology & Human Performance
Program(s) Offered: Preprofessional Program

Gain hands-on experience inside one of the region's only educational cadaver labs and work with some of the most state-of-the-art biology equipment that any undergraduate school our size has to offer. 

That's not all — gain an inside track on admission to Briar Cliff's own groundbreaking Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, to which Briar Cliff undergraduates will be given preference for admission.

Our graduates have also gone on to study at schools including the University of Iowa, Creighton University, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, among others.

Whether you plan on becoming an occupational or physical therapist, we recommend our pre-PT students select one (or more) of the following majors:


Do you find yourself asking “why” a lot? Are you a great listener, with a knack for finding out what makes people tick? If so, psychology might be the right major for you. Psychologists are committed to helping people and solving real-world problems, and they do it just about anywhere: in schools, hospitals, the military, non-profit organizations — even athletic teams!

Core courses:

  • PSYC 110 — Introductry Psychology
  • PSYC 211 — Professional Development for Psychology Majors
  • PSYC 280 — Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 294 — Psychological Statistics
  • PSYC 295 — Experimental Psychology
  • PSYC 360 — Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 11IS — Senior Seminar
  • PSYC 465 — Senior Seminar
  • PSYC 05IS  — Applied Statistics