Occupational Therapy School

Sample Pre-Occupational Therapy (OT) Curriculum


  • 4 hrs. - Principles of Biology
  • 8 hrs. - Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • 4 hrs. - General Chemistry and Laboratory


  • 2-3 hrs. - Public Speaking


  • 3 hrs. - Expository Writing I
  • 3 hrs. - Expository Writing II


  • 3 hrs. -- General Psychology


  • 3 hrs. - Introduction to Sociology


  • 3 hrs. - College Algebra


  • A "hands-on" art course

Medical Terminology:

  • 1 hr. - LATIN 105


  • 3 hrs. - PSYCH 505 - Abnormal Psychology


  • 3 hrs. - PHILO 130 - Introduction to Moral Philosophy


  • 3 hrs. - The Rise of Europe
  • 3 hrs. - The Modern Era

Methods or Research:

  • 3 hrs. Methods of Social Research


  • 3 hrs. - Introductory Statistics


  • 3 hrs. - Personal Health


  • 4 hrs. - Principles of Biology
  • 8 hrs. - Structure and Function of the Human Body

English Composition:

  • 3 hrs. - Expository Writing I
  • 3 hrs. - Expository Writing II

Fundamentals Of Speech Or Interpersonal Communication:

  • 2-3 hrs. - Public Speaking or
  • 3 hrs. - Interpersonal Comm. or Small Group Disc.


  • 3 hrs. - General Psychology
  • 3 hrs. - Abnormal Psychology

Lifespan Development:

  • 3 hrs. - Lifespan Personality Development or Human Development


  • 3 hrs. - Introduction to Sociology

Math And Statistics:

  • 3 hrs. - College Algebra or higher level math course
  • 3 hrs. - STATS


    3 hrs. - Introduction to Ethics or Medical Ethics


    3 hrs. - Cultural Anthropology

Restricted Electives:

9hrs. - Choose from psychology, sociology, diversity/culture, human development, and/or special education. General Electives:

Elective coursework must bring the prerequisite coursework to a total of 90 hours. Suggested courses include but are not limited to multicultural classes, foreign language, sign language, kinesiology, technical or professional writing, sociology or psychology relating to family dynamics and additional humanities of interest to the student.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission, the student must meet the following criteria:

1. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all prerequisite coursework. Only prerequisite courses are used to calculate the admitting GPA. Grades for prerequisite classes repeated in the last five years will be averaged into the admitting GPA. A minimum 3.0 GPA on all college coursework completed through the fall of the year preceding matriculation is required.

2. Students accepted to the program begin classes in June. They must complete 90 semester hours of required coursework by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation. A minimum of 15 semester hours must be numbered 300 (junior level) or above. By the end of the preceding fall semester the student must have completed at least 32 semester hours of prerequisite coursework including at least 3 hours of prerequisite science coursework.

3. Documented completion of 40 hours of volunteer or paid work that involves direct contact with individuals with special needs accumulated over the last 5 years.

4. Interview with a practicing occupational therapist or successful completion of an introduction to occupational therapy college course.

5. Successful completion of an on-site pre-admission interview and writing sample.

6. CPR/First Aid: All accepted students must submit copies of current, valid CPR and First Aid certification prior to beginning classes (see current application for date). CPR certification must cover the entire lifespan (infant, child and adult).

Test Preparation Resources:

Occupational Therapist Career

Last Updated: 05/21/2014