North Park University’s pre-professional track for occupational therapy is a sequence of courses and advising that will give you a solid foundation for your applications to competitive occupational therapy schools around the country. The pre-occupational therapy track should accompany a major—most often biology, psychology, or athletic training—where you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which the body and mind function.
Pre-occupational therapy students are advised by faculty in their major department, often Dr. Linda Vick (biology), Dr. David Bennett (psychology), or Prof. Andrew Lundgren (athletic training). Your advisor will talk with you about your particular interests in occupational therapy, and help you stay on track throughout your program at North Park. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in GRE preparation sessions, and our Pre-Professional Committee—a group of faculty in the science departments—will work with you to make sure you are prepared for your applications and interviews for occupational therapy school.
Courses and Activities
We recommend you take the following courses alongside your major and Core Curriculum requirements to prepare for occupational therapy schools and a career in healthcare. These courses meet the prerequisite requirements for most clinical master's degree programs in occupational therapy. However, you should investigate programs you're interested in to make sure you complete those specific requirements as part of your program. Some courses may also meet major/Core Curriculum requirements.
Recommended Core Courses
- Introduction to Human Anatomy
Introduction to Cell Biology
- Advanced Human Physiology
- BIOL class with lab
- Principles of Macroeconomics
Introductory Chemistry I
- Introduction to Personal Computing & the Internet
- Introductory Physics
- Introduction to Psychology
- Lifespan Human Development
- Abnormal Psychology
- Introductory Statistics
- A philosophy course
- Either American Government or Principles of Microeconomics
- Internship in Occupational Therapy
- You should take the GRE test before or early in the third year. Applications for clinical programs should be completed late in the third year. Applications must include evidence that you have completed all prerequisites, obtained appropriate letters of recommendation, taken the GRE, and have had experience in the clinical field.
- Students are strongly encouraged to complete an OT internship during their study at North Park.
- A grade point average of at least a 3.0 is recommended to be a competitive applicant for entrance into a master of science in occupational therapy program.
Download a PDF of recommended courses.
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