Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program Prerequisites

In addition to the degree requirements, candidates for admission will also have to achieve the following:

A minimum prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants should not have any prerequisite courses with a grade less than B-.

Each prerequisite course is separate and applicants can not use a course for more than one requirement (for example Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 cannot be used for both the Human Anatomy and Physiology requirement and the Upper Level Science requirement). Individual courses are needed for each prerequisite. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within ten years prior to application.

Candidates are expected to have no more than two prerequisite courses remaining to be taken in the spring semester after they apply.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology, 3 credits: An abnormal psychology or a psychopathology course fulfills this requirement.
  • Developmental Psychology, 3 credits: Any lifespan development course that includes learning, motor, language, cognitive, emotional, and social development fulfills this requirement. Course content must cover the lifespan.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, 8 credits: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II or individual courses of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with a lab in each. These courses cannot also fulfill the Upper-level Life Science requirement.
  • Social Science, 3 credits: Suggested courses include, but are not limited to other psychology courses, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, public health, epidemiology, gerontology, and urban studies.
  • Statistics, 3 credits: You may choose behavioral, educational, psychological, or mathematical statistics. In some instances a Research Methods course may fulfill this requirement, at the discretion of the admissions committee. Business statistics does not fulfill this requirement.

Recommended Coursework

  • Upper-Level Science, 3 credits: Any 200-level or above biology course. Suggested courses include Advanced General Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Cellular Physiology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Zoology, Biochemistry, Exercise Physiology, Pathophysiology and/or Physics* (*any 100-level course).
  • Kinesiology or Biomechanics, 3 credits: An introductory biomechanics or kinesiology course. Suggested courses include: Applied Kinesiology, Kinetic Anatomy, and Motor Learning courses are also accepted.