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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help patients of all ages develop, maintain, or rehabilitate their ability to perform living or work tasks.  A master’s degree in an occupational therapy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is typically the minimum requirement in order to take the licensure exam for occupational therapy.  Most graduate programs require 50 to 100 hours of observation in two different settings prior to admittance to the master’s program. 

Typical undergraduate majors and minors include Biopsychology, Psychology, Biology, Sociology, and Anthropology.

Courses that satisfy prerequisites for admission into most graduate programs include (but are not necessarily limited to):

2 semesters of general biology with lab

BIOL-150 (A prerequisite for BIOL-204)

2 semesters of anatomy/physiology

BIOL-204 and BIOL-325

2 semesters of chemistry

CHEM-140 (A prerequisite for BIOL-200 and CHEM-220)
CHEM-220 and 225

2 semesters of physics

PHYS-130 (Corequisite MATH-151)
PHYS-132 (Corequisite MATH-152)


MATH-106 or MATH-207

Lifespan development, medical terminology, sociology and anthropology courses are also strongly recommended.