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Academic Programs

Pre-Occupational Therapy

What major should I choose?

If you want to pursue a career in occupational therapy, a major in Exercise Science or Human Performance and Fitness are both good fits. Social science majors such as Psychology or Sociology are also popular choices.

Be sure to discuss your post-graduate plans with your SAU advisor so that you construct a plan of study that satisfies both whatever major you choose plus prepares you for graduate school.

What courses should I take?

The requirements for occupational therapy programs focus on the biological, physical, and social sciences. The specific course requirements for admission to occupational therapy programs differ for each institution, but all programs seek compassionate individuals who can solve problems effectively and efficiently without compromising patient care.

Many occupational therapy programs in the Midwest region require:

  • One year of Anatomy/Physiology
  • Upper level Social Science
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Biomedical ethics

Individual occupational therapy programs may have additional requirements. Click here to view the prerequisite coursework for application to the SAU OTD program