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 child with different physical abilities, 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. The field is moving to requiring an entry-level doctorate in the near future, and schools are transitioning their master’s programs to doctoral programs over the next few years.

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

Most professional programs in OT require candidates to fulfill certain prerequisites, which may include biology, psychology, and sociology. Most programs also require volunteer, shadowing, and/or paid work experience. Prerequisites vary by program so it is best to contact the professional 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
  • SOC 211
  • HST 400

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 or doctoral degree in occupational therapy, you’ll take the American Occupational Therapy Association Certification Examination.

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