Your Occupational Therapy Academic Experience
Make the Most of Your Time
Determine your top occupational therapy program choices.
Each program will have specific course requirements you need to take as an undergraduate. Once you know those, it’ll be easier to plan your Illinois State academic schedule.
Take any prerequisites.
Illinois State offers the classes you need to apply to an occupational therapy program. Before you get to that level, you might have to take a handful of other classes to get ready.
Talk to us.
There’s a lot of coordination and planning that needs to happen to make sure you do everything you need before going on to a graduate program. You don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to help.
Your occupational therapy program will have specific course requirements, but here are some common ones.
Typical Occupational Therapy Program Requirements
Anatomy and Physiology - 2 semesters
Physics - 1 semester
Psychology - 3 semesters
Statistics - 1 semester
Sociology and Anthropology - 1 semester
Medical Terminology - 1 semester
What to Take at Illinois State
Some classes require prerequisites.
Anatomy and Physiology BSC 181 and then BSC 182 or KNR 181/183 and then KNR 182/184
Physics PHY 105
Psychology PSY 110, PSY 213, and PSY 350
Statistics PSY 138 or MAT 150
Sociology and Anthropology Talk to your advisor for the best options.
Medical Terminology HSC 105
Our recommendations for classes
Take additional courses to give yourself a competitive edge on your grad school application. We recommend:
- Introductory Biology (BIO 101)
- Introductory Chemistry (CHE 110/112)
- English Composition and Writing (ENG 101 and 145)
- Communication (COM 110)
- Additional Psychology Courses
- Introduction to OT (not offered at ISU)
Course Finder gives you descriptions for all your classes and any prerequisites you need.
A Little Advice
Work hard. Occupational therapy programs are competitive. Keep your GPA at 3.0 and even higher for science and math grades. This helps you compete for your top choice with the best of them.
Check your Advanced Placement (AP) credit. Some schools don’t accept AP credit for any prerequisite course. Others limit the number of courses earned via AP credit. Explore your occupational therapy program’s specific policies.
Applying to Occupational Therapy Programs
Most students apply to graduate programs the fall of senior year. Before you apply, you’ll need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Your courses at Illinois State will help prepare you to take the GRE with confidence.