Students interested in a career in Occupational Therapy have the option of pursuing any major along with completing specific prerequisites. Occupational Therapy schools requirements typically vary from a minimum of 60 credit hours to a bachelors degree being completed at the time of application. Students may pursue either a masters or doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy (we encourage students to consider applying to doctoral level OT programs.) Students must gain a thorough understanding of the profession through a range of shadowing experiences. The Canisius Institute for Autism Research provides excellent opportunities for students. Some programs may require a competitive score on the GRE. Students should work with the Pre-Med Advisor to select appropriate coursework based on their schools of interest and co-curricular experiences. In addition to the information in this section, please check the general information at the pre-medical and pre-health section of the catalog.
Recommended Pre-Occupational Therapy Courses
Academic admission requirements vary by school, but the following courses typically prepare a student to apply to multiple programs:
Anatomy & Physiology
At least one year of anatomy/physiology with laboratory:
|Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology|
and Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
|Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology|
and Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
One semester of statistics:
|PSY 201||Basic Statistics for Behavioral Sciences||3 or 4|
|or MAT 131||Statistics for Social Sciences|
|or MAT 141||Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science|
Psychology requirements vary at the different schools. Students work with the PreMed Advisor to plan for any additional courses. (Note that completing the four courses, along with PSY 201 and PSY 202 is an excellent way to earn a minor in Psychology along with satisfying OT psychology prerequisites for a broad range of schools.)
|Select one of the following:|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology I||3|
|or PSY 102||Introduction to Psychology II|
|Take both of the following:|
|PSY 203||Lifespan Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSY 303||Abnormal Psychology||3|
One course in Sociology:
|SOC 110||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|or SOC 111||Contemporary Social Problems|
One course in medical terminology is required by some schools.
|HRP 111||Medical Terminology||1 or 3|
|or CLS 220||Greek and Latin Roots of Medical Terminology|
Additional Pre-Occupational Therapy Course Suggestions
Some programs may require coursework in General Biology and/or General Chemistry.
HRP 101 allows students to explore different health professions.
HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics.