Prerequisite Courses for Occupational Therapy

There is no set list of courses that are required by all occupational therapy schools, as each school has its own specific list of prerequisites.  However, there is a core of courses that are required by most programs as well as some commonly recommended coursework.   Is important that you consider the schools to which you want to apply and be sure you take all of their required courses.  We recommend that you contact occupational therapy schools during your freshman year to begin planning your coursework.

Core Prerequisite Courses (required by most programs)

  • One semester of General Biology – this is a prerequisite to the other courses on the list:  BIO 110
  • One semester of Anatomy with a lab: BIO 341
  • One semester of Physiology with a lab: BIO 350 Note – some programs will accept BIO 245 and BIO 246 instead of BIO 341 and BIO 350.  Please be sure to check with each individual school for details.
  • Chemistry: programs vary greatly in their requirements for chemistry, many require two semesters of
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 111 and CHEM 112), some also require one semester of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 331), while yet other programs have no specific chemistry requirements.
  • Two semesters of English: ENG 122 and SCI 291 or similar
  • Two semesters of Psychology: some programs will accept any two courses with a PSY prefix, but others explicitly state that they require Developmental Psychology (PSY 230) and Abnormal Psychology (PSY 255).  If the program you are interested in requires Abnormal Psychology, you will also need to take PSY 120 (Principles of Psychology) which is a prerequisite for PSY 255.
  • One semester of Statistics: STAT 150

Colorado Programs Prerequisite Courses

There is one Occupational Therapy Program in Colorado, the Colorado State University Department of Occupational Therapy.  The course prerequisites for this program are listed below; however,  please be aware that these can change so you should always research the program as you progress through your undergraduate education.

  • One semester of General Biology:  BIO 110
  • One semester of Anatomy with a lab: BIO 341
  • One semester of Physiology with a lab: BIO 350 (CUS will accept BIO 245 and BIO 246 instead of BIO 341 and BIO 350)
  • One semester of Brain and Behavior: PSY 380
  • One semester of Lifespan Development: PSY 230
  • One semester of Statistics: STAT 150
  • One semester of Principles of Psychology: PSY 120
  • One semester of Abnormal Psychology: PSY 255
  • One semester of Sociology or Anthropology: ANT 100 or ANT 110 or SOC 100
  • One semester of Medical Terminology: FND 210
  • Human Disease/Conditions: Students will take an exam on this material during their first two weeks in the program.
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