Some required and recommended courses are listed below.
Pre-Requisite requirements vary between programs so pre-occupational therapy students are advised to study carefully the requirements of the occupational therapy programs of their choice. Interested students are encouraged to refer to The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. website www.aota.org to view a list of accredited OT Doctoral-Level Programs and OT Master’s Level Programs at the earliest opportunity to plan for the pre-requisite requirements of a specific occupational therapy program. Some required and recommended courses are listed below:
Health and Exercise Science: HES- 214, HES-234, HES-235
Mathematics: one statistics course (not E/M-125).
Psychology: PSY-100, PSY-234, PSY-241, and PSY-334.
Sociology/Anthropology: S/A-111 or S/A-112 or S/A-113.
- Research Methods: required by some programs, recommended.
Sample Curriculum of pre-requisite courses for Occupational Therapy @ Gustavus
S/A 111 or 112 or 113
HES 234 Human Anatomy & Phy. I
PSY 234 Developmental Psychology
HES 235 Human Anatomy & Phy. II
PSY 241 Abnormal Psychology
HES 214 Medical Terminology
PSY 334 Adult Psychology
Statistics (not E/M 125)
Research Methods (required by some programs, recommended)
Examples of Pre-requisites at Occupational Therapy Programs
Choosing a Major
Choosing a major requires forethought and introspection. The major you choose should be any area of study that interests you. Physical Therapy Programs do not admit students based upon their major. However, you must complete their pre-requisite academic and extracurricular requirements.
Gain experience and earn credit in a health career by doing a January Interim Career Exploration or a Semester Internship. Search opportunities by clicking gustiejobs
Different ways to gain experience in the medical field may include:
- January Interim Career Exploration
- Interaction with physicians AND patients
- Semester Internships
- Volunteer Work
- Community Service
- Study and travel experience
It is important to show a pattern of commitment to service “the distance traveled”.