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Fall 2017 Prerequisites Courses

There are seven core prerequisite courses required for admission to the Program in Occupational Therapy. The seven courses considered "core" to occupational therapy are marked with an asterisk (*). Six of the seven courses marked with an asterisk must be completed by the application deadline and OTCAS must receive all final grades by the Academic Update deadline.  The seventh core prerequisite can be completed in the spring or summer semester. There is one non-core prerequisite, Medical Terminology which may be taken for college credit or online. If accepted students must show proof of completion of all seven core prerequisites, along with the non-core, medical terminology, prerequisite to begin courses in the fall.

Prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 and no single grade lower than a C. Courses must be taken A-F with the exception of Medical Terminology which requires only evidence of successful completion. Prerequisite courses must be fulfilled with a minimum number of credits. Minimum credit requirements are listed next to each course name below. Quarter credits are acceptable and can be converted by dividing the number of quarter credits by 1.5. For example, a 4 credit course taken under a quarter system (4 ÷ 1.5 = 2.67 semester credits) will be accepted as 3 semester credits).

Human Anatomy (3 cr.) * -- lab not required
Human Physiology (3 cr.) * -- lab not required
Statistics (3 cr.) * --This course must include descriptive and inferential statistics. Courses that focus on Research Methods are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.
Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) * -- This course should include content related to human societies and behaviors, social theory and theories of social change, methods of study in sociology, characteristics of social units and the impact of cultural diversity. Courses that focus on one topic (e.g. Sociology of Education or Sociology of Sports) are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.
General Psychology (3 cr.) *
Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)*
Human Development across the Life Span (3 cr.)* -- You will be required to verify that the content of the course(s) you took covered the entire life span (infant through old age). You may need to take a series of courses to complete this prerequisite.
Medical Terminology (1 cr.) or the equivalent of a 1 credit Medical Terminology course.

Prerequisite Planning & Pre-Program Advising

Applicants who have remaining prerequisite courses to fulfill should carefully plan the timeline of completion. The Prerequisite Planning Sheets to the right offer detailed information on the courses available at the U of M and area colleges and universities.

If we do not list your school(s), or the Prerequisite Planning Sheet for your school(s) does not list the courses you have taken, please send the following information to for review.

  • Course Name and Number
  • Name of institution where course was completed
  • Year  taken
  • Course description(s) and
  • Syllabi (if available)

First Step information sessions are the recommended “first step” for anyone interested in exploring occupational therapy, just beginning their academic careers, for students who are working on their prerequisites for application, and those planning a career change. Click here for information about our First Step Sessions