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Interested in occupational therapy?

Start with the right courses. We will help you choose a mix of classes and experiences occupational therapy schools look for.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Path

Students of several different majors have applied to become an Occupational Therapist in the past and the PHPAC help to make sure that you are prepared to apply to medical school.


If you are a biomedical sciences major you will need several classes in addition to your major. Here are typical classes needed as prerequisites for occupational therapy programs:

  • General Biology (BIO101, 4 credits with lab)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO326 and BIO327, 8 credits with lab)
  • General Genetics (BIO305, 4 credits with lab)
  • General Chemistry I and II (CHE111 and CHE112, 8 credits with lab)
  • Physics for Life Sciences I (PHY103 4 credits with lab)
  • Statistics (MAT161, 3 credits) or Biostatistics (BIO333, 3 credits)
  • General Psychology (PSY101, 3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY443, 3 credits, prerequisite PSY 340)
  • Human Development (PSY311, 3 credits)
  • Other courses in humanities and sociology, depending on the program

The Honors Program at SUNY Plattsburgh is an important way to show academic excellence. You should take advantage of this opportunity if possible.

Healthcare Experience

Schools will often expect you to have between 50 hours of experience shadowing an occupational therapist. We can offer you and excellent opportunity to get these hours through our affiliation with Meadowbrook Healthcare, a rehabilitation facility.

Applying to OT School

Application to Occupational Therapy schools is through the OTCAS system. Most program deadlines are in the fall for the following year. The OTCAS system will process your application and then submit it to the schools you select. Submit your OTCAS application and arrange for materials to arrive at OTCAS by the program's deadline. Many schools have rolling admissions, which means they accept qualified candidates as their applications become complete, including GRE scores. For this reason, it is best to get all of your materials submitted as soon as possible after the system opens for the next cycle.


Clarkson University — Occupational Therapy Master’s Program

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