Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy Advisement Track

  • The Pre-Occupational Therapy concentration coursework satisfies the course requirements for admission at most 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.
  • Highly qualified students have the opportunity to apply to The Sage Graduate School under our Preferred Acceptance Articulation
  • BIOL 130*, 131, 133, 205-206
  • CHEM 111*
  • PHYS 103
  • PSYC 100 and 240, 246*, 274 (374) [choose two or three] *246 preferred at most schools
  • SOC 101 or ANTH 100
  • STAT 101

*NOTE: BIOL 130 & CHEM 111 are prerequisites for BIOL 205-206 at SUNY Oneonta

  • BIOL 180*, 181, 205-206
  • CHEM 111*
  • PHYS 103
  • STAT 101
  • PSYC 100 and 240, 246*, 274 (374) [choose two or three] *246 preferred at most schools
  • SOC 101 (SOCL 100) or ANTH 100

*NOTE: BIOL 180 & CHEM 111 are prerequisites for BIOL 205-206 at SUNY Oneonta

The timeline for applying to occupational therapy school varies among students and is dependent on a variety of factors, including successful completion of prerequisite coursework, competitive GRE examination scores, and appropriate healthcare experience.

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.

Students should regularly review the Occupational Therapy School Admission Requirements

Applicants are evaluated on:

  • letters of recommendation
  • leadership skills (on and off campus)
  • GPA (prerequisite courses & overall)
  • GRE (not all schools require the GRE)
  • healthcare experience (clinical & observational)

More information can be reviewed at

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

Students request three letters of recommendation to be submitted on their behalf for occupational therapy school applications. Appropriate recommenders include science faculty, other course instructors, healthcare professionals, current or former employers, and professional references.

Pre-Occupational Therapy questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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