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 prerequisite knowledge gained in these courses.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)


Sociology or Anthropology (3 credits).  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) (3-6 credits). 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.

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