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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science

Clarke offers students the opportunity to prepare for entrance into professional programs in the area of health science while completing their undergraduate degree. Many health science programs require a baccalaureate degree as a prerequisite for entrance into the professional program. Although application for admission into professional programs must be sought independently by the student, Clarke pre-professional health science advisers will act as advisers to students who wish to fulfill prerequisites for admission into specific programs. These advisers will also assist students in seeking admission to the following programs.

Program Details

Clarke provides the strong liberal arts background and the basic sciences that are required for future physicians. Although medical programs do not prescribe an undergraduate major, most schools require a basic science curriculum.

Admission to Clarke University

Application for admission into professional programs must be sought independently by the student. The pre-professional health science advisers will assist students in seeking admission to the following programs as well as acting as an adviser to the students who wish to fulfill pre-requisites for admission into specific programs. Students planning to enter any of the following programs are encouraged to consult with advisers regularly.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Michelle Slover, PhD

Michelle Slover, PhD

Chair and Professor of Biology

“The integration of lab and lecture in my anatomy courses works well. The two components complement each other and provide multiple ways to learn.”

Laura Hecker, PhD

Laura Hecker, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology

”It is my goal to create a classroom environment that encourages curiosity. I like to remind students that it’s the questions they can’t answer that sometimes end up teaching them the most.”

Shaun Bowman, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology

“I attempt to relate the coursework to the students’ lives and future career aspirations, while having a lot of fun along the way.”

Melissa DeMotta, PhD

Melissa DeMotta, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology

“I hope that students learn to appreciate the world around them and the wonder of their own bodies so that they realize science is not scary but fantastic.”

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There’s more to college than going to class.

The Classroom and Beyond

Consider utilizing Clarke University's study abroad program to visit and learn in places like Sydney, Australia.

Study Abroad

Clarke University offers several faculty-sponsored study abroad experiences to destinations such as Spain, Scotland, Ireland and Japan. Study abroad trips encourage you to experience different cultures, broaden your mind and discover your own passions.


You will learn by observation and participation at off-campus laboratories or field settings through internships and experiential education ventures. Internships often facilitate entrance into the job market and are highly recommended for acceptance into some graduate programs.

Facilities & Equipment

Clarke’s 46,000-square-foot, three-story science building provides flexible and modern spaces designed to seamlessly integrate lecture and lab areas while fostering a collaborative, hands-on learning environment. The 10- table medical school-quality gross anatomy lab gives Clarke students an opportunity to learn with the best resources. Having 10 cadavers in the lab increases the probability of finding interesting surgical procedures and observing anomalies, which enhance learning opportunities.

Clarke University student Ricky enhanced his college experience by participating in many Clarke University clubs and activities.

The Clarke Compass

The Clarke Compass is your guide to discover yourself, your passion and your unique path. Through coursework and out-of-class experiences you will design your own unique educational path to make the most of your time at Clarke.

Clubs & Organizations

Life at Clarke is living traditions, being proud, participating in the campus community and is also about being an active member of our greater community.

But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Ben Lehmkuhl

Ben Lehmkuhl


“My time at Clarke, especially the hours dissecting in the cadaver lab, inspired me to become a surgeon.”

Mileva Gacanich

Mileva Gacanich

Biochemistry '16

“I am in veterinary school at Colorado State.  I can’t thank my Clarke professors enough for the foundation they provided me to study veterinary medicine.”

Shelley Shafer

Shelley Shafer

Biology '08

“After Clarke I went on to graduate school at Kansas City University and am now a doctor with Unity Point Health. Clarke taught me the importance of cultivating relationships and working as a team.”

Graduate outcomes

Percent of graduates reporting being employed in their field or continuing their education.

Faculty-to-student ratio

Intimate classroom settings and one-on-one attention from professors foster learning.

Student population

Our students come from 28 states and seven countries.

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