Occupational therapists are healthcare professionals who assist individuals of all
ages to carry out their needed activities and occupations during the day.
Students at Illinois Wesleyan who are interested in occupational therapy choose a
major in their primary field of interest while also working to complete courses required
by occupational therapy graduate programs. Many majors are suitable, although psychology
is an especially good choice because of the overlap between the psychology major’s requirements and the course prerequisites for many occupational therapy programs;
biology and kinesiology and allied health majors are often considered as well.
Illinois Wesleyan students are regularly accepted into some of the top OT programs
in the country. Pre-OT students at IWU benefit from the University’s rigorous science
education, excellent internship opportunities and vibrant liberal arts education —
all of which combine to help students develop intellectual, interpersonal, and personal
qualities essential to their success as future OT professionals.
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Michele Darnell, Pre-Health and Biology Career Advisor
Have questions? Contact Michele via email email@example.com or phone 309-556-3578.
Pre-Occupational Therapy Course Plan (first 3 semesters)
This is an example course plan based on the 2021-2022 University Catalog of the courses
needed for pre-occupational therapy; your faculty advisor will work with you to complete
your course registration.
As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester
towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree audit tool.
- BIOL 107 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology
- PSYC 100 General Psychology
- BIOL 108 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology
- PSYC 100 General Psychology (if not completed in the Fall)
- PSYC 227 Statistics
- 200-level PSYC course (may consider 251, 252 or 253)
Students interested in studying abroad should consult with their academic advisor
to determine an appropriate semester.
- There is no universal set of admission requirements for occupational therapy programs.
- The courses in the course plan above are common required courses, but programs might require more,
fewer or different courses, such as:
- Communication, and/or
- other Biology courses.
- Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the applicant to know the exact requirements
and deadlines for each school to which they apply.
- Students planning to pursue pre-occupational therapy are strongly encouraged to meet
with the Pre-Health and Biology Career Advisor for guidance.