The practice of occupational therapy (OT) means the therapeutic use of everyday activities or "occupations" with individuals or groups for the purpose of enabling them to participate in their daily activities at home, school, work, community or other settings that they want and need to do. OT services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness to those who either have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction.
There are currently 176 accredited master's entry OT programs, and 16 accredited doctoral entry level OT programs in the U.S. Typically a master's OT program is 2-3 years of coursework after your bachelor's degree.
What are the prerequistes for occupational therapy school?
It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed below. For more information about a specific program's prerequisites, please contact the school directly.
|Anatomy (or combined section)
|Physiology (or combined section)
|Sociology or Anthopology
|Human Development or Lifespan Developement
Sample Timeline - Traditional 4 Year
Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest.
Below is a sample timeline for a Psychology major. Please be aware that OT programs do not require or prefer a specific major and the below timeline should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.
It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed above. For more information about a specific school's program, contact that program directly or visit the AOTA