College of Arts and Sciences


Preprofessional Curricula
Occupational Therapy

Indiana University offers a six-year program leading to a master's degree in occupational therapy (four years preoccupational therapy leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any department in the College of Arts and Sciences, and then two years in the master's program offered by Indiana University on the IUPUI campus). IU Northwest offers the courses required for entry into master's programs in occupational therapy. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree, students must apply for entry to a school of occupational therapy for their professional training. Admission to an occupational therapy program also requires documented volunteer or paid experiences in health care settings.

Requirements for occupational therapy programs can vary considerably.  The following classes are recommended to fulfill prerequisite requirements for most occupational therapy schools:

  • BIOL-L 101 (4 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102 (4 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 101 (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 121 (2 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 261 (4 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 262 (4 cr.)
  • MATH-M 118 or higher (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 131 and W 231 (6 cr.)
  • Basic statistics (K 300) (3 cr.)
  • Introductory sociology (SOC-S 161) (3 cr.)
  • Introductory psychology (PSY-P101 or PSY-P 102) (3 cr.)
  • Abnormal psychology (PSY-P 324) (3 cr.)
  • Life span Development psychology (PSY-P 216) (3 cr.)
  • Medical terminology (1-3 cr.)
  • Electives (12-13 cr.)

For further information contact the health professions advisor at (219) 980-7106.

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