Academic Requirements for Entry

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Prerequisite Courses

Course Credits Course(s) Must Include
Human Anatomy (3 cr.) * Lab not required
Human Physiology (3 cr.) *       Lab not required
Statistics (3 cr.) * Descriptive and inferential statistics. Courses that focus on Research Methods are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.
Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) * Content related to human societies and behaviors, social theory, theories of social change, and methods of study in sociology, characteristics of social units and the impact of cultural diversity. Courses that focus on one topic (e.g. Sociology of Education or Sociology of Sports) are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.
General Psychology (3 cr.) * Fundamental principles of biological, sociological, cognitive, and personality impacts on normal and abnormal psychology.
Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)* Diagnosis, classification, etiologies of behavioral disorders.
Human Development across the Life Span (3 cr.)* Verification that the content of the course(s) you took covered the entire life span (infant through old age). You may need to take a series of courses to complete this prerequisite.
Medical Terminology (1 cr.) Introduction and definition of medical terminology related to body structure, disease, diagnosis, and treatment.
Or the equivalent of a 1 credit Medical Terminology course.

The seven courses considered 'core' to occupational therapy are marked with an asterisk (*)

Six of the seven courses marked with an asterisk must be completed by the application deadline and OTCAS must receive all final grades by the Academic Update deadline. The seventh core prerequisite can be completed in the spring or summer semester. There is one non-core prerequisite, Medical Terminology which may be taken for college credit or by community/continuing education. Accepted students must show proof of completion of all seven core prerequisites along with the non-core, medical terminology prerequisite to begin courses in the fall.

Academic Standards

Prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited institutions with a GPA of prerequisites of at least 3.0 and no single grade lower than a C. Courses must be taken A-F with the exception of Medical Terminology which requires only evidence of successful completion. Each prerequisite course must be fulfilled with a minimum number of credits. Minimum credit requirements are listed next to each course name below. Quarter credits are acceptable and can be converted by dividing the number of quarter credits by 1.5. For example, a 4 credit course taken under a quarter system (4 ÷ 1.5 = 2.67 semester credits) will be accepted as 3 semester credits).