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 applicants must take the required 26 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. Courses in the EL-OTD program build upon the 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.


Minimum credits

* Human Anatomy and Physiology (with labs) - Two semesters


*Statistics – A basic statistics course should cover, descriptive statistics, t-test, chi-square, analysis of variance (ANOVA), linear regression and correlative analysis.  We find that often an entry level statistics course does not cover the required content and that two statistics courses are needed to receive the content.



* Developmental Psychology or Life Span Development - 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


Sociology or Anthropology - These credits must be taken within Sociology or Anthropology departments.  These additional social science courses do not have a 7 year required time limit.



Other Social Sciences (psychology, sociology or anthropology) - These credits must be taken within Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology departments.  Introductory courses will count towards this requirement. Recommended courses include Cognitive Psychology or Psychology of Learning.  Political science, history and economics courses are not acceptable for this prerequisite requirement. These additional social science courses do not have a 7 year required time limit.



Minimum total prerequisite credits

Depending upon the number of courses that are taken to fulfill some prerequisites, applicants may end up with a higher number of prerequisite credits. 



In addition, although not required prerequisite courses, it is recommended that students take a Kinesiology and a Medical Terminology course.

PLEASE NOTE: Prerequisite course credit for advanced placement courses or other learning or work experiences are not accepted for prerequisite credit. Prerequisite courses must have an earned letter grade. 

It is not necessary to have completed all prerequisite coursework by the application deadline of December 1. Applicants can complete prerequisite coursework being taken for the first time during the spring semester before enrolling in the EL-OTD program for the summer semester. Prerequisite courses being retaken must be completed in the preceding fall semester and cannot be accepted if taken during the final spring semester.  When completing your electronic transcript, Be sure to include any spring semester courses that you are taking, and/or those that you anticipate enrolling in. If prerequisite courses are taken in the spring, accepted applicants will be offered a provisional acceptance until a final transcript indicates that all outstanding prerequisite courses have been successfully completed at an "A" or "B" level. Any applicants who were offered provisional acceptance will be responsible for demonstrating that they completed their remaining prerequisites at the required "A" or "B" level before beginning the first day of class.