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Pre-Occupational Therapy

In order to become an occupational therapist, you must:

  • complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (in any major)
  • earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale)
  • take the Graduate Record Examination ( GRE) within 5 years

What should I major in?

While there is no prescribed major for admission into occupational therapy school, it is imperative that students complete all required courses for admission. Occupational therapy schools vary in their requirements, and it is important for you to learn what coursework the schools that interest you want. Choose your major according to your strengths, interest and alternative career choices.

Students are encouraged to observe/job shadow professionals in the field.

Minimally, a student should complete these courses at WCU with a grade of B or better for many OT schools:

  • BIOL 291, BIOL 292
    Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • HSCC 322
    Medical Terminology
  • PHYS 130
    Introductory Physics I
  • PSY 150, PSY 320, PSY 322, PSY 325, PSY 470
    General Psychology, Developmental Psychology I: Childhood, Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence, Developmental Psychology III: Adulthood, Abnormal Psychology
  • MATH 170
    Applied Statistics
  • ANTH 110 or ANTH 120, or SOC 103
    Origins of Civilization or Comparative Cultural Systems, or Human Society

Additional courses in reasoning such as logic, ethics, or critical thinking may also be required.

Who can help me at WCU?

Zachary Williams at 828.227.2555 or

Honors College students contact: Emily Sharpe at 828.227.3277 or


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