Welcome to Pre-OT! We are excited that you have your sights set on becoming a occupational therapist. You have a long road ahead of you but we are here to help. We will provide information and support as you take the pre-requisite courses up until you start the application and testing process.
Most occupational therapy schools require the following courses:
o General Biology and lab*
o Anatomy and Physiology I and II
o Physics I and lab (algebra/trigonometry)**
o Math (precalculus algebra or higher)*
o English Composition I and II*
o Public Speaking*
o Psychology courses (Developmental or Lifespan, and Abnormal)
*Not required for USA’s program
**Kinesiology or physics with algebra/trigonometry is required for USA’s program; kinesiology is preferred
Some schools require other science, math, medical terminology, and/or behavioral sciences. It is important that you research the requirements for those schools in which you are interested. Your pre-health advisor can help you with this research.
USA’s program does not accept AP, IB, or CLEP credit for any prerequisite coursework.
Some schools require documented observation hours with a licensed occupational therapist. Hours required vary by school.
Specific requirements for some area schools can be found at the following links:
o University of South Alabama
o University of Alabama Birmingham
o Alabama State University
o University of Mississippi (Doctor of Occupational Therapy)
o University of Florida (Doctor of Occupational Therapy)
Useful links for Pre-Occupational Therapy