Pre-Occupational Therapy


The study of occupational therapy begins with a bachelor’s degree and is completed with a doctoral degree and certification as an occupational therapist (OT). Admission to competitive graduate programs requires volunteer time or an internship with a professional therapist as well as a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) testing. A biology major with supporting courses in statistics, psychology, and in some cases physics is recommended for students pursuing this career. The faculty adviser will assist the student and develop a plan of courses to prepare for application to the graduate program.


Pre-Occupational Therapy


A Great Fit For

  • Science enthusiasts: Students who have a strong interest in biology and biopsychology will find the coursework in a pre-occupational therapy major engaging.
  • Detail-oriented individuals: Those who are naturally detail-oriented and have the ability to analyze and assess situations will excel in this field.
  • Compassionate and empathetic individuals: People who possess empathy, compassion, and a genuine desire to help others will thrive in this profession.
  • Strong communicators: Effective communication is vital in occupational therapy as therapists work closely with patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals.

Your Undergraduate Path

Aspiring occupational therapists at Morningside University often choose to major in Biology or Chemistry, but the great news is that you can pursue occupational therapy with any subject as long as you complete the necessary courses for admission into your desired program. Each institution offering occupational therapy has its own prerequisites, so reach out to your chosen school for specific requirements. To maximize your chances, aim for a cumulative GPA above 3.0 and gain valuable experience through shadowing or volunteering with an Occupational Therapist. Remember, your academic adviser is here to guide you on this exciting journey. Start your path to a rewarding career in occupational therapy today!

Typical Plan of Study

  • General Biology with Lab
  • Human Anatomy with Lab
  • Human Physiology with Lab
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology (Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology)


Typically, students at Morningside University who identify as Pre-Occupational Therapy major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites.


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Applying to Occupational Therapy School

Requirements for admission to Occupational Therapy school usually include the following:

  • Prerequisite courses
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Observation hours
  • Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essay and personal statement
  • Interviews

Maximize your Undergraduate Journey

Students need to also consider the following requirements during their undergraduate path:

  • Plan your undergraduate coursework accordingly to meet prerequisites
  • Maintain a strong academic record
  • Seek out volunteer opportunities to gain hands-on experience in occupational therapy settings
  • Cultivate relationships with professors who can write strong letters of recommendation
  • Engage in extracurricular activities that demonstrate your leadership skills, teamwork abilities, and commitment to community service
  • Connect with academic advisers and career services to help guide you

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