Occupational Therapy

Preprofessional Requirements for Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a career requiring a professional degree (MOT or OTD). Students wishing to apply to occupational therapy school are encouraged to choose an undergraduate major that aligns with their interests and strengths. Because course requirements may change from year to year, students should research the admissions requirements for their schools of interest. Additional information about preparation for occupational therapy school, including a list of all accredited master's and doctoral level programs, can be found on the American Occupational Therapy Association website.  Admission to occupational therapy school is highly competitive, requiring solid academic performance, demonstrated interpersonal skills, exposure to the profession, and completion of the Graduate Records Exam (GRE).  In addition to academic advising provided by the colleges and academic departments, students pursuing Occupational Therapy are encouraged to take advantage of Health Professions Advising services at The Career Center early in their academic career at Illinois. 

The Career Center provides health professions advising for students interested in pursuing occupational therapy as a career, including discussion of required and recommended coursework, preparation outside the classroom, details of the application process, and characteristics of competitive applicants. In addition to one-on-one appointments, health professions advisors present workshops, host events, and coordinate campus visits for deans and admissions officers. More information for both current and prospective students is available on the Career Center's website at www.careercenter.illinois.edu.  

Current students can make an appointment with a Health Professions Advisor at The Career Center by calling (217) 333-0820 or online via our website. Students may stop by during weekly drop-in hours, or email the health professions advising team at tcc-healthgrad@illinois.edu with questions. Information about upcoming programs and services is available via the Health Careers Chronicle weekly e-newsletter.

The following chart represents common course requirements to prepare for occupational therapy school. Occupational therapy programs may require additional coursework and/or expect students to go beyond minimum preparation. Students are strongly encouraged to research their specific schools of interest.

Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory 10
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anat & Physiol Lab I
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Human Anat & Physiol Lab II
Abnormal Psych
Child Psych
Additional Introductory Social Sciencesvaried
HDFS 105Intro to Human Development3
Medical terminologyvaried
Medical Terms-GRK & LAT Roots (OR Self-Study)