Pre-Occupational Therapy

Help others lead independent and satisfying lives

As an occupational therapist, you help patients regain independence and improve their quality of life. Under your guidance, patients develop, improve and maintain everyday skills. They need to eat and dress themselves, use a computer, and participate in school and social situations.

Save money and build a strong foundation in occupational therapy for your first two years here. Easily transfer to earn your bachelor’s degree and head to a professional graduate school.

Why study Pre-Occupational Therapy with us?

We can help you get started in the field of occupational therapy. Meet with the Department Chair, Dr. Joana Pabedinskas, to discuss the different paths, schools and options available. We can recommend schools that fit your future goals as a healthcare practitioner. Work with your Academic Success Advisor to plan your transfer to a 4-year institution.

Your instructors know you by name—not number. At CLC, the professors dedicate their careers to helping you learn the material and apply it to real life scenarios.

You learn from the same materials studied at 4-year schools, while you receive the personal attention and feedback possible only in small class sizes.


  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Transfer Degree

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

Need help?

Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) is your "go-to person" ready to help you get started at CLC.

Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Courses in the program

Electives build specialized knowledge. For instance, learn to analyze bodily movements in Biomechanics & Kinesiology. Study how the body responds to exercise in Exercise Physiology.

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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Be debt-free at CLC

CLC has some of the lowest tuition around. Financial aid and scholarships are available—even for working adults.

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Discover majors and career paths to complement and extend your intuitive interests and abilities.

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