Occupational Therapist (OTD)
Occupational therapists (OTs) are licensed health professionals that help people participate in their everyday activities and occupations. They work in businesses, community-based programs, hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, and in the home.
Biology, Health and Human Performance, and/or Psychology
*Note: no particular major is required for this program. Recommendation is based on major courses in common with program requirements.
- Natural sciences (10 semester hours), must include: Anatomy & Physiology with lab, recommended: Kinesiology or Biomechanics
- Recommended RMC courses: BIO120, BIO312, BIO321/322, HHP321
- Social Sciences (9 semester hours), must include: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Science Elective (outside of psychology)
- Recommended RMC courses: SOC101, SOC225, PSY101, PSY205/206, PSY305
- Writing (3 semester hours)
- Recommended RMC courses: ENG119/120
- Statistics (2 semester hours)
- Recommended RMC courses: MAT210
- Humanities (6 semester hours)
- Any RMC courses from the following areas: literature, religion, history, philosophy, ethics, art, music or theater
- Medical terminology
- Recommended RMC courses: PHA247
**Note: course requirements differ slightly by institution (pay particular attention to math and organic chemistry requirements). Be sure to check the requirements of the schools you are interested in applying to.
- Completed Bachelor’s degree
- Shadowing or volunteer work in multiple areas, including rehabilitation, mental health and public schools
- Letters of reference (one from a healthcare provider, preferably an OT)
- Personal statement
- No grade below a “C” in prerequisite courses
- GPA above a 3.0
- Recommended courses: Physics