Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the Pre-Health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta.

  • Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement.
  • Consultation with advisors for the primary major and Pre-Health concentration should begin at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisement Track Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration

  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most United States occupational therapy schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required and can vary based on school.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.
Fall 2020 and Later Matriculants Total: 38-41 sh
BIOL 130, 131, 133, 205-206 15 sh
CHEM 111* Prerequisite for BIOL 205-206 at SUNY Oneonta 4 sh
PHYS 103 4 sh
PSYC 100 and 240, 246*, 274 (374) [choose two or three] *246 preferred at most schools 9-12 sh
SOC 101 or ANTH 100 3 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
2019 and earlier Matriculants Total: 39-42 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 205-206 16 sh
CHEM 111* Prerequisite for BIOL 205-206 at SUNY Oneonta 4 sh
PHYS 103 4 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 and 240, 246*, 274 (374) [choose two or three] *246 preferred at most schools 9-12 sh
SOC 101 (SOCL 100) or ANTH 100 3 sh

Suggested Course Sequencing and Planning for Applying to Occupational Therapy School

The recommended course sequence is based on a 4-year undergraduate course plan, a student graduating in 4-years, the student taking the GRE after the 3rd year of college coursework, and applying to occupational therapy school prior to starting the 4th year of undergraduate studies.

Many Pre-Occupational Therapy students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in healthcare or pursue other academically or intellectually enriching experiences after they graduate.

In fact, across the United States many first-time applicants to occupational therapy school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning occupational therapy school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter occupational therapy school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their Primary Major Advisor and their Pre-Health Concentration Advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Year One Courses and Study Hours

FALL COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS

SPRING COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS
BIOL 180 (Biology I) or BIOL 130 & 133 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) or BIOL 131 3 or 4 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 4 sh PSYC 100 4 sh
major coursework or elective or Gen Ed 3-4 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
major coursework or elective or Gen Ed 3-4 sh major coursework or elective or Gen Ed 3-4 sh
Year Two Courses and Study Hours

FALL COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS

SPRING COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh PHYS 103 (General Physics I) 4 sh
SOC 101 or ANTH 100 3 sh PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 6-8 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 6-8 sh
Year Three Courses and Study Hours

FALL COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS

SPRING COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS
BIOL 205 4 sh BIOL 206 4 sh
PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 6-8 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 6-8 sh
YEAR 4 * ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES TO ENHANCE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE*

FALL COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS

SPRING COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh

Centralized Application Service

  • Application to occupational therapy school is made through the centralized application OTCAS.

Requirements for Occupational Therapy School

Applicants to occupational therapy schools are evaluated on:

  • observational experience
  • GRE (not all schools require the GRE)
  • GPA
  • letters of recommendation
    Pre-Occupational Therapy questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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