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Pre-Occupational Therapy Track at Hope College

What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

To learn more about OT, 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 list of master's level OT programs in the US is found here. State of MI programs are listed below.

Every OT program director sets the pre-requisite course requirements for their PA program, but the most common pre-requisites are:

  • BIOLOGY
  • Human Anatomy+ lab (Biol 222)
  • Human Physiology + lab (Biol 221)
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • Introduction to Psychology (Psy 100)
  • Developmental or Life Span Psychology (Psy 230)
  • Physiological Psychology (Psy 320)
  • Behavior Disorders (Psy 370)
  • MATH
  • Statistics (Math 210 or Math 311/312)

Other required &/or recommended courses may include:

  • General Biology I + lab (Biol 105) [formerly Biol 260]
  • General Biology II + lab (Biol 106) [formerly Biol 240]
  • College Physics (Phys 105/141 & 106/142)
  • Sociology Intro (101) and upper level (333)
  • Medical Ethics (IDS 454 or PHIL 344)
  • Nutrition (Kin 307)
  • Medical Terminology (offered at Hope as a May or June term)
  • Neuroscience courses

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.

Master's entry level OT programs in the State of Michigan

Do I need to shadow or know the OT profession? 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; 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!

Links to General Information

For current Hope College students, questions related to the Pre-Occupational Therapy track, please contac HPA Professor T Prokopow.