Pre-Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are instrumental in helping people gain the skills they need to function independently despite a variety of physical or psychological issues.

As an OT, you might support the development of premature babies, design a beneficial learning environment for a physically challenged schoolchild, or measure the effectiveness of treatment activities. Whether you work in a school, a hospital, a nursing home, or a home health agency, you’re certain to have a tremendous impact as an occupational therapist.

Yes. You’ll need to complete a master’s degree in occupational therapy to qualify to take the American Occupational Therapy Association Certification Examination.

As a pre-occupational therapy student, you can major in any subject area as long as you complete the course requirements to apply to graduate schools.

Most graduate programs in OT require candidates to fulfill certain prerequisites, which may include biology, psychology, and sociology. Most programs also require volunteer or paid work experience. Prerequisites vary by program so it is best to contact the graduate school that interests you for specific information. Recommended courses include:

  • BIO 107/108 or 430/442
  • MTH 345 or PSY 355
  • PSY 210, 315, 327

You will meet with the health professions advisor to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance.

After completing your master’s degree in occupational therapy, you’ll take the American Occupational Therapy Association Certification Examination.

Where can I find additional information?
You can start by checking out this useful web site:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the professional association of approximately 35,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students of occupational therapy. The site includes a wealth of information about OT as a career.

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