A master’s degree in an occupational therapy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education is the minimum requirement to take the licensure exam for occupational therapy. Many schools are transitioning to doctorate-level programs. Keep up with graduate program requirements and changes at the American Occupational Therapy Association website under “Education and Careers.”
Most graduate programs require 75-100 hours of observation in two different settings prior to admittance. Our campus is located near several occupational therapy sites where students can shadow OT professionals during the school year. Departmental faculty, our pre-health advisers and staff members at the Wackerle Center for Career, Leadership & Fellowships help students set up required shadowing hours during summer breaks near their home town.
Every occupational therapy graduate program has different requirements. We encourage students to consider their specific list of graduate programs of interest so they can work with advisers to put together a custom tailored plan.
Courses commonly required to apply to graduate OT programs
BIOL 150 Investigating Biological Concepts
BIOL 204 Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIOL 325 Advanced Physiology
PHIL 207 Ethics
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 221 Lifespan Development
PSYC 236 Abnormal Psychology
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
STAT 201 Statistics I or PSYC 201 Research Methods 1: Design and Analysis