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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:

    • General Biology I (Biol 105) + General Biology I Lab (Biol 107) [both formerly Biol 260]
    • General Biology II (Biol 106) + General Biology II Lab (Biol 108) [both formerly Biol 240]
    • Human Anatomy + lab (Biol 222)
    • Human Physiology + lab (Biol 221)
    • Introduction to Psychology (Psy 100)
    • Developmental or Life Span Psychology (Psy 230)
    • Physiological Psychology (Psy 320)
    • Behavior Disorders (Psy 370)
    • Introduction to Sociology (Soc 101)
  • MATH
    • Statistics (Math 210 or Math 311/312)
    • Biomechanics (Kin 383)
    • Medical Terminology (offered at Hope as a May or June term)
    • English (Engl 113 & 1 upper level English: Engl 213 or Engl 214)

Courses for other Occupational Therapy Schools may be looked at OT School directory via AOTA URL. Other required &/or recommended courses may include:

  • College Physics + labs (Phys 105/141 & 106/142)
  • Medical Ethics (Phil 245 or Phil 345)
  • Nutrition (Kin 307)
  • Neuroscience courses, especially neuroanatomy and neuropsychology
  • Orientation to Occupational Therapy [offered through WMU]

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.