A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission to the Occupational Therapy program.  The degree may be in any field, but coursework MUST include, either as part of the degree requirements or in addition to the requirements, the following prerequisites:  


SCIENCE (8-10 hours)

BIOL 240/241 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Lab

BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology (Lab optional)

PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)

PSYC 350 Abnormal Psychology


A lifespan development class is preferred, but the following classes will fulfill this requirement as well. Only ONE is required:

ABSC 160 Child Development

PSYC 333 Child Psychology

STATISTICS (3 hours)

MATH 365 Elementary Statistics OR

PSYC 210 Statistics in Psychological Research

ETHICS (3 hours)

PHIL 160 Intro to Ethics


*A single, combined anatomy and physiology course may be substituted for the anatomy and physiology requirement as long as it is at least five hours and includes a lab.

*Anatomy/lab must have been taken within the last five years.

If you are looking for a Occupational Therapy program outside of KU's MOT program, the The American Occupational Therapy Association, INC. website can be very helpful. Searches can be conducted to find programs throughout the country and internationally. More information found here. For requirements for individual programs, check the college/university website.

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