Occupational & Physical Therapy - Preprofessional Program | Briar Cliff University

Pre-Occupational/Physical Therapy Program

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, 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:


How does life work? Biochemistry helps find the answer, which means it's a great launching point for a career in occupational or physical therapy — or anything else that has to do with nature or science. Simply put, biochemistry is the study of how life works at the molecular level.

Core courses:

  • BIOL 151 — General Biology
  • BIOL 357 — Genetics
  • BIOL 420(L) — Cell & Molecular Biology (w/lab)
  • BCMB 10IS — Molecular & Genetic Techniques I
  • BCMB 20IS — Molecular & Genetic Techniques II
  • BCMB 401-03 — Biochemistry Research Project I, II & III
  • CHEM 111(L) — Principles of Chemistry (w/lab)
  • CHEM 112(L) — Principles of Chemistry II (w/lab)
  • CHEM 337(L) — Organic Chemistry (w/lab)
  • CHEM 338(L) — Organic Chemistry II (w/lab)
  • CHEM 442(L) — Biochemistry (w/lab)
  • CHEM 443 — Biochemistry II