Occupational therapists treat patients of all ages with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. An occupational therapist uses the occupations of self-care, work, and play or leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development and prevent disability.
As an undergraduate student, you may choose any major in preparation for attending occupational therapy school. Occupational therapy schools do not have a specific preference on a particular major, so you are encouraged to choose a major based on your own personal interests and strengths. What’s important is that you have completed the prerequisite courses required by the institution you are applying to.
Requirements may vary from school to school, so you will want to research different program requirements. In general, most occupational therapy schools will expect applicants to have completed the following types of courses:
|Course||Course Title||Required or Recommended|
|CHEM 150||General Chemistry I||Required|
|CHEM 150L||General Chemistry I Lab||Required|
|CHEM 210||General Chemistry II||Recommended|
|CHEM 210L||General Chemistry II Lab||Recommended|
|BIOL 111||Cell Biology||Required|
|BIOL 111L||Cell Biology Lab||Required|
|BIOL 115||Organismal Biology||Required|
|BIOL 115L||Organismal Biology Lab||Required|
|BIOL 323||Human Anatomy||Required|
|BIOL 323L||Human Anatomy Lab||Required|
|BIOL 349||Human Physiology||Required|
|BIOL 349L||Human Physiology Lab||Required|
|MATH 261||Calculus I||Recommended|
|BIOL 275, MATH 234, PSY 230L||Statistics||Required|
|PSY 113||General Psychology||Required|
*Other courses may be required/recommended by specific programs. You are responsible for knowing the requirements for each individual program. Policies on AP, IB and community college credits vary by institution.
For a complete listing of accredited occupational therapy schools and their admission requirements, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. website.
The GRE is comprised of the following sections:
- Verbal Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Analytical Writing