Prerequisite coursework varies by program. So be sure to check the specific requirements of schools where you want to apply.


For a pre-occupational therapy course planning guide, click here. Also consider using our four-year planner to map out your coursework and extracurricular activities.



Some MSOT programs require math and/or statistics. We recommend that you take at least one math course and one course in statistics. Note that Math 112 is a prerequisite for Chem 103. The statistics course can be taken in your major department.


Choose one of the following:

  • Chemistry 103
  • Chemistry 108

Biological Sciences

Introductory Biology

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Zoology 101-102
  • Biology 151-152
  • Biocore: Students must apply to enroll in Biocore. For more information, visit their website.
    • Biocore 381-382 Evolution, Ecology and Genetics lecture/lab
    • Biocore 383-384 Cellular Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 485-486 Organismal Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 587 Biological Interactions


Anatomy & Physiology

  • Kinesiology/Anatomy 337
  • Kinesiology/Anatomy 338 lab required by some programs including UW-Madison’s
  • Physiology 335 or 435

Psychology/Human Development
  • Introductory Psychology: Psych 202
  • Abnormal Psychology: Psych 405
  • Adult and Child Development may both be required, choose from:
    • Child Development: HDFS 362, Ed Psych 320, or Psych 460
    • Adult Development: HDFS 363 or Psych 464
    • Childhood through Adolescence: Ed Psych 320 & 321 or Ed Psych 331


Other courses

Some programs may also require coursework in the following areas:

  • Physics
  • English
  • Medical terminology
  • Check individual school requirements for more information.