Prerequisite Courses

Students enter graduate education in OT from a wide variety of educational and work backgrounds. There is no particular major that is preferred over another. Students have entered the program with degrees in a wide range of majors including: psychology, biology, health or rehabilitation sciences, kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, anthropology, sociology, social work, English, foreign languages, history, political science, religion, communication, nutrition, art, art history, theatre, music, dance, recreational therapy, industrial design, special education and business. Diverse academic preparation makes for a wonderfully, rich collection of individuals in each cohort. All OT students must take the required 28 credits of prerequisite courses. These courses have been specifically selected to prepare students for success in the OT curriculum. Excellent performance in these courses is considered to be a good predictor of performance in our curriculum. The mean prerequisite grade point average for accepted applicants is generally around a 3.8 out of 4.0. The 28 credits of prerequisite courses have been specifically selected to prepare students for success in the OT curriculum. Courses in the EL-OTD program build upon the prerequisite knowledge gained in these courses.

Please read the prerequisite course requirements carefully. Courses marked with an asterisk (i.e., Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Lifespan Development, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics) require that no more than 7 years have elapsed from the course completion to the date of enrollment in the EL-OTD Program.

All students must have:

Human Anatomy and Physiology (with labs) - Two semesters (8 credits).

Statistics – (3-4 credits) A basic statistics course should cover, descriptive statistics, t-test, chi-square, analysis of variance (ANOVA), linear regression and correlative analysis.

Social Sciences - A total of 15 credits, including:


Developmental Psychology or Life Span Development course(s) (3-6 credits) Development across the life span, i.e., from birth through elderly, is the emphasis of this prerequisite. Many courses say they cover the life span, but may primarily focus only on one area (e.g., childhood, adolescence, adulthood, or the elderly rather than all of these). Read course bulletins and course descriptions carefully and take course(s) that prepare you well across the life span. At some schools two semesters of development is necessary in order to cover the lifespan. If a child development course is taken, an adult development course or a course in aging must also be taken to cover the lifespan.


Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology (3 credits)


Other Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology courses 6-9 additional social science credits must be taken to complete the requirement for 15 credits of social science courses. Students are encouraged to take a Cognitive Psychology or a Psychology of Learning course, but it is not required. Political science, history and economics courses are not acceptable for this prerequisite requirement. These additional social science courses do not have a required time limit.

In addition, students are recommended to take a Kinesiology course, but it is not a prerequisite requirement.  A Medical Terminology class/course is also recommended, but not required.