Program IN Pre-Occupational Therapy

College of Arts and Sciences

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Personal Academic Advising to Prepare You for a Career in Occupational Therapy

To be successful in a career in occupational therapy, you need to care about people and connect with them on a personal level. Strong classes in STEM--science, technology, engineering, and math--combined with a liberal arts education best prepare our students for a successful career in a health care profession, such as occupational therapy. We invite you to explore how we can share your journey and prepare you for a successful career in health care.

How will the Pre-Occupational Therapy Program at Queens prepare me for my career? 

At Queens, you will get a personal academic advisor who will guide you throughout your time at Queens. They will ensure you take all the classes you need to in order to fulfill your pre-occupational therapy requirements, regardless of what major you take. That matters because you can take any major at Queens along with your concentration in pre-occupational therapy.

You study what you want, whether it’s because you find it the most interesting or if it’s because you think it will best prepare you for your career. The liberal arts education Queens offers guarantees you will be well-rounded enough to succeed in your profession. International travel and internship opportunities that Queens provides completes an experience that can't be replicated elsewhere.

Required Courses

Standardized Exam required for admission: GRE
Resource for national standards: American Occupational Therapy Association

BIO 213 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 214 Anatomy & Physiology II
MAT 130 Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences or ENV Data Analysis for Natural Sciences or other statistics course or other statistics class
PSY 101 General Psychology (this is pre-requisite for upper level psychology courses)
PSY 271 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology
ATH 101 Cultural Anthropology and/or SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (check programs) 

Recommended Courses 

NUR 105 Medical Terminology (required for some programs)
PHL 310 Biomedical Ethics or other philosophy  course including logic as an option
Upper level Sociology courses (required for some programs)


Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States. 

Contact us:

Dr. Patricia Koplas, PhD, PT 
Pre-Health and Pre-Vet Advisor


Note: Occupational therapy programs vary for their requirements.  Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate career for specific pre-requisites needed to apply to that school's program. The information for this list was compiled from the occupational therapy programs in North Carolina.
Be sure to check programs of interest to see if online courses are accepted, especially Anatomy and Physiology courses.

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