Advising Course Plan - Health Sciences Major - Occupational Therapy Interest

Occupational Therapy

Students pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy (OT) will apply primarily through a centralized service: The Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). OTCAS allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to the majority of OT programs. A smaller number of programs do not accept applications through OTCAS and have their own application process. For the programs you are interested in applying to, please check (early! – e.g., in your 1st or 2nd year) the specific course prerequisite requirements and application steps, which vary from program to program.

As noted on the OTCAS website (https://portal.otcas.org/), there are several requirements that are common across most OT programs. Most programs require the GRE.

First, in terms of course requirements, many OT programs using OTCAS require Anatomy & Physiology from “a biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department.” Health Sciences (HLSC) at Stetson fits under the category of “integrated physiology department,” but if you are taking your Anatomy & Physiology courses at another institution, you will need to verify that these transfer courses are from a department that meets one of the above descriptions.

Second, the vast majority of OT programs require one or more course in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, and many require one or more courses in Math.

Third, again the vast majority of programs require Social and Behavioral Science courses and a Statistics course. For the Social and Behavioral Science requirement, many of our students will take one or more courses in Psychology (e.g., Abnormal Psychology) and one in Sociology.

You will, of course, also need to consider and meet all the HLSC major requirements shown on Degree Audit and in the Course Catalog (NOTE: The sample plan shown below allows you to meet HLSC major requirements). One HLSC elective course that some OT programs (e.g. University of Florida) require is Medical Terminology, which is generally offered online through the HLSC department during the summer. Again, check the individual programs you are interested in for their specific required prerequisite courses.

Finally, in addition to a common core of prerequisite course work (*), many OT programs either require or strongly recommend shadowing/internship hours. Please discuss the opportunities available with your advisor.

First Year
FallUnits
BIOL 141P1,*Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
HLSC 119VHealth and Wellness1
FSEM 1001First Year Seminar (unless transfer student)1
ENGL 1011,*Writing and Rhetoric (unless otherwise determined; or General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course))1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 142P1,*Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology1
PSYC 101S1,*Introduction to Psychology1
MATH 141Q*Calculus I with Analytic Geometry1
General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
MATH 141Q should be taken at some point during this year if it was not taken in First Year. 
HLSC 2011,*Anatomy Physiology I1
CHEM 141P*General Chemistry I1
SOCI 101S*Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology1
General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Spring
HLSC 2021,*Anatomy and Physiology II1
CHEM 142P*General Chemistry II1
PSYC 3151,*Developmental Psychology1
General Education requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Summer II
Take the GRE exam in preparation for OT school applications - by the end of summer before Fourth Year. 
 Term Units0
Third Year
Fall
Junior Seminar must be taken during this year. 
HLSC 3091Research Methods in the Health Sciences1
HLSC 4111,*Exercise Physiology1
PHYS 121P
or 141P*
College Physics I
University Physics I
1
COMM 201Public Speaking (or Junior Seminar)1
HLSC 3751,*Community Health Care Seminar (HLSC elective; recommended)0.5
 Term Units4.5
Spring
HLSC 4981Senior Research Proposal1
PUBH 308QHealth and Medical Statistics1
PHYS 122P
or 142P*
College Physics II
University Physics II
1
COMM 201Public Speaking (or Junior Seminar)1
PUBH 376Health Coach Practicum I0.5
 Term Units4.5
Fourth Year
Fall
HLSC 4991Senior Research Project1
PHIL 316VBio-Medical Ethics (or equivalent; IHSC elective; or other Personal & Social Responsibility course (R, E, W, D, J course))1
PUBH 377Health Coach Practicum II0.5
HLSC elective11
 Term Units3.5
Spring
Elective1
Elective1
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Total Unit: 32.5
1

Required for HLSC major.

*

Common core of prerequisite course work.