Christopher Wheeler, Chief Advisor
Occupational therapy uses meaningful activity to help people of all ages prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities. Occupational therapists work in hospitals, schools, and mental health and community agencies.
The College of Science offers a transfer program designed to meet the requirements for admission to bachelor’s degree programs around the country. For programs at the bachelor’s degree level, students must meet both pre-professional requirements and general education requirements at the school to which admission is desired. Therefore, students are urged to check the prerequisite courses at each school carefully and to work closely with admissions officers to see that these requirements are fulfilled.
With an additional year of study, students in the pre-occupational therapy curriculum can complete a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at OSU and apply to master’s level programs in occupational therapy. This is the preferred option for most OSU students.
Satisfactory completion of the OSU course work facilitates, but does not guarantee, admission to a school of occupational therapy, since applicants are selected on a competitive basis.
First Year (44–46 credits)
ANTH 110. *Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
BI 101 and BI 102 or BI 103. *General Biology (4,4)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
EXSS 132. Introduction to Allied Health Sciences (1)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241–HHS 248. *Lifetime Fitness: (various activities) (1)
or any PAC Course (1–2)
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
PH 106. *Perspectives in Physics (4)
or PH 201. *General Physics (5)
PSY 201, PSY 202. *General Psychology (6)
SOC 204. *Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 206. *Social Problems and Issues (3)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
Applied art and/or humanities (3)
Sophomore Year (45 credits)
PHAR 210. Terminology of the Health Sciences (2)
PSY 350. Human Life Span Development (4)
PSY 360. Social Psychology (4)
ST 201. Principles of Statistics (4)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
Z 331, Z 332, Z 333. Human Anatomy and Physiology (3,3,3)
Z 341, Z 342, Z 343. Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (2,2,2)
Applied art and/or humanities (8)1
Physical Activity Courses (PAC) (3)
Junior Year (45 credits)
EXSS 343. Pre-Therapy/Allied Health Seminar (1)2
PSY 301. Research Methods in Psychology (4)
PSY 330. Brain and Behavior (4)
or PSY 340. Cognition (4)
PSY 381. Abnormal Psychology (4)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
WR 323. *English Composition (3)
Applied art and/or humanities (7)1
Cultural Diversity course (3)
Non-Western Culture course (3)
1 18 Credits of applied art (ceramics, woodworking, etc.) and humanities are required.
2 Work experience with an occupational therapist is strongly recommended.