Students enrolled in the Pre-Occupational Therapy Track must complete the coursework listed under curriculum requirements to earn the BSHS degree through the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS).  Students should meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Student Services (OSS) to discuss any questions related to their degree requirements.

Curriculum Requirements

Areas of Proficiency
English Composition
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Mathematics & Computer Science
Calculus: MTH 141, MTH 161, or MTH 1714
Computer Science: 1 CSC or BTE course3
Statistics: HCS 202 or other approved statistics course3
Areas of Knowledge
Arts & Humanities9
People & Society9
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)*0
Major
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
5
BIL 160
BIL 161
Evolution and Biodiversity
and Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
5
BIL 250Genetics3
BIL 255Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BPH 206Introduction to Public Health3
BPH 208Introductory Epidemiology3
BPH 306Principles of Nutrition3
BPH 317 or PSY 2303
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 240Abnormal Psychology3
HCS 212
HCS 213
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
4
HCS 215
HCS 216
Principles of Systemic Physiology
and Principles of Systemic Physiology Laboratory
4
KIN 230Medical Terminology and Documentation1
Choose one physics option below:10-11
College Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory I
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory II
University Physics for the Life Sciences:
University Physics I for the Sciences
and College Physics Laboratory I
University Physics II for the Sciences
and College Physics Laboratory II
University Physics:
University Physics I
University Physics II
and University Physics II Lab
University Physics III
and University Physics III Lab
Choose one chemistry option below:8-16
Chemistry for Life Sciences:
Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Lecture)
and Chemistry for Life Sciences I (Laboratory)
Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Lecture)
and Chemistry for Life Sciences II (Laboratory)
Traditional Chemistry:**
Principles of Chemistry I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
Principles of Chemistry II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Chemistry for the Biosciences:**
Chemistry For The Biosciences I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
CHM211 Chemistry for the Biosciences II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
CHM212 Chemistry for the Biosciences III
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Minor**12-19
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills***0
Electives****13-0
Total Credit Hours120-123
*

The health science major may be used to fulfill this cognate area.

**

CHM 201, CHM 202, CHM 205, CHM 206, and CHM 222 are recommended but not required for this track.

***

Students who complete the Traditional Chemistry or the Chemistry for the Biosciences sequences automatically fulfill the requirements for a minor in chemistry; no additional coursework would be required to complete this requirement. 

****

Students must take at least five designated writing-intensive courses to complete this requirement; unless students choose to take additional credits to complete this requirement, it is highly recommended students select courses that are designated as writing-intensive and will double count toward this area and their other. requirements.

*****

The number of electives students take may vary due to differences in placement scores, transfer credits, course and cognate selections, etc.

This is only a sample.  There are numerous ways students can create plans of study for the Pre-Occupational Therapy Track.  Students should feel empowered to use the information listed in the Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook to take charge of their education, pursue their own academic interests, and create their own, unique plans of study.

The School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) recommends students create their own plan of study that accounts for their ENG and MTH placement scores and incorporates their major, minor, and cognate interests.  Once students draft their initial plan of study, they are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Student Services (OSS) to review their plan, address any questions or concerns, discuss areas for improvement, and brainstorm ways to integrate research experiences, study abroad opportunities, global initiatives, graduate school requirements, and career preparation experiences.

The sample plan of study listed below is based on the following ENG and MTH placement information and major, minor, and cognate selections:

  • ENG placement: ENG 105
  • MTH placement: MTH 107
  • Major(s): Health Science, Pre-Occuptational Therapy Track
  • Minor(s): Chemistry
  • Cognates
    • Art & Humanities: American Literature (RAU = English)
    • People & Society: Foundations of Behavior for Prehealth Professions (RAU = Anthropology)
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Health Science major (RAU = Nursing & Health Studies)

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BIL 150
BIL 151
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
5
BPH 206 Introduction to Public Health 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 107 Precalculus Mathematics I 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
Elective 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BIL 160
BIL 161
Evolution and Biodiversity
and Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
5
BPH 208 Introductory Epidemiology 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIL 250 Genetics 3
CHM 121
CHM 113
Chemistry For The Biosciences I
and Chemistry Laboratory I
5
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
BIL 255 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
CHM 221
CHM 114
CHM211 Chemistry for the Biosciences II
and Chemistry Laboratory II
5
ENG 214 American Literature II (W; counts for Arts & Humanities cognate) 3
HCS 202 Introductory Statistics in Health Care 3
 Credit Hours14
Junior Year
Fall
BPH 306 Principles of Nutrition 3
CHM 222
CHM 205
CHM212 Chemistry for the Biosciences III
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
ENG 389 The Sixties: Literature, History, And Culture Of The 1960S (W; counts for Arts & Humanities cognate) 3
PHY 101
PHY 106
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory I
5
 Credit Hours16
Spring
APY 202 Principles of Cultural Anthropology (counts for People & Society cognate) 3
BPH 317 Theories in Growth and Development 3
CHM 206 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
KIN 230 Medical Terminology and Documentation 1
PHY 102
PHY 108
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory II
5
 Credit Hours13
Senior Year
Fall
APY 413 Medical Anthropology (counts for People & Society cognate) 3
ENG 260 African-American Literature (W; counts for Arts & Humanities cognate) 3
HCS 212
HCS 213
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
4
Elective (W) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
CSC 115 Social and Ethical Issues in Computing 3
HCS 215 Principles of Systemic Physiology 3
PSY 250 Cognitive Psychology (counts for People & Society cognate) 3
Elective (W) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours123
(W)

Course is designated as writing-intensive