Biology programs

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is based on the use of everyday activities as the means of helping people with physical and/or mental disabilities to achieve independence. To prepare for a career as an occupational therapist, you may choose one of three routes: a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate certificate program or a master’s degree program. The baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree program is four years of study: two years (60-semester hours) of pre-professional courses followed by entrance to a professional occupational therapy program in the junior year. The post-baccalaureate certificate program and the master’s degree program are available to individuals who have earned a college degree in a field other than occupational therapy. Both take approximately two years to complete. Employers do not necessarily differentiate between the various entry degrees when hiring new graduates. The following courses are prerequisites to most of the three types of professional programs.

Recommended courses
Art elective (any studio course): 4 credits
BIO 115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIO 221 - Human Anatomy
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
MAT 116 - Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences
PHY 111 - General Physics I
PSY 111 - General Psychology
PSY 360 - Psychopathology
Choose one course: 4 credits
CHE 101 - College Chemistry
CHE 111 - General Chemistry
Choose one course: 2 credits
ENG 288 - Writing in the Professions
ENG 290 - The Art of the Essay
ENG 297 - The Rhetoric of Persuasion
Choose 4 credits:
PSY 221 - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
PSY 224 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
PSY 225 - Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Total credits recommended: 41