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Pre-Occupational Therapy Track at Hope College
What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
A health profession where you help a person get back to doing what they do best, no matter their occupation. To learn more about this dynamic field, click here.
What classes do I need to take? Courses Required or Recommended
The pre-requisite courses for occupational therapy (OT) programs vary widely at the different graduate OT schools. Due to this variation, it is essential for early academic planning that students identify several OT graduate programs that they would want to apply and/or attend. A directory of master's level OT programs in the US is found on the American Occupational Therpay Association, Inc, (AOTA) URL.
Every OT program director sets the pre-requisite course requirements for their OT program, but the most common pre-requisites for State of MI programs are listed below.are:
Courses for other Occupational Therapy Schools may be looked at OT School directory via AOTA URL. Other required &/or recommended courses may include:
Master's entry level OT programs in the State of Michigan
What do I major in? Choice of Major
OT programs seek students with diverse and broad academic backgrounds. OT admissions committees are most concerned with the overall quality & scope of undergraduate work and not with the specific academic major. A student should select a major area of study that is of interest and that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for the pursuit of several career alternatives. Hope students interested in pre-OT track will major in Biology, Exercise Science or Psychology and all have been successful because they have pursued a well rounded education and have done academically well.
Do I need to shadow or know the OT profession?
The short answer is YES!!!!!
OT admissions committees expect to see that you have documented OT observation hours with a licensed OT professional. You need to observe (shadow) in a broad range of clinical setting such as a hospital, rehabilitation center and school, etc. You also need to observe a variety of different populations, such as the young, old, physically challenged, etc.
What about volunteering or extra-curricular activities?
OT admission committees also look at a student's experiences for evidence that the student is committed to serving and helping others; working on teams and providing leadership; possesses integrity, adaptability, reliability and ability to take feedback. They also expect that a student is able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. It is up to you during your college years to demonstrate these attributes!
Useful Web Links to Occupational Therapy School Information
Links to General Information
For current Hope students, advising & questions related to the pre-OT track at Hope College, please contact HPA Professor T Prokopow.
For all others, please contact, Hope College Admissions Office.