Pre-requisite Courses

Note: The pre-requisites listed here are a general guideline of common courses required by Occupational Therapy programs. It is your responsibility to research the specific requirements for each school you are interested in applying to. If you have questions, always contact each individual program.

Required by most Occupational Therapy programs with a grade of C or better (generally avoid online pre-req. options):

  • Introduction to Writing: ENGL 1010
  • Intermediate Writing: ENGL 2010/20
  • General Biology: BIOL 1010 (Many schools prefer Biol 1610/1615)
  • General Chemistry/lab (Chem 1210/1215) (Some schools don't require chem but it is also needed as a prereq to Physiology.)
  • Physics 1010 (Some schools require Phys 2010/2015)
  • Human Anatomy: ZOOL 2320/2325
  • Human Physiology: ZOOL 2420/2425
  • General Psychology: PSY 1010
  • Human Development Life Span: PSY 1100
  • Abnormal Psychology: PSY 3400
  • Introduction to Sociology and/or Cultural Anthropology: SOC 1010 and/or ANTH 101G
  • Principles of Statistics or Stats for Behavioral Sciences: MATH 2040 or BESC 3010

In addition, some schools require the following courses:

  • First Aid: HLTH 1200 or Advanced First Aid Certification
  • Medical Terminology I: HLTH 1300
  • Public Speaking: COMM 1020
  • Technical Writing: ENGL 3300 or ENGL 4310
  • Studio Arts Course

To see what your program requires see:

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