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Pre-Occupational Therapy

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Dr. Lori Scott

Occupational therapists help patients regain control over important job-related or day-to-day functions that may have been impaired through accident, disease, or birth trauma. Augustana's pre-OT program includes courses in biology, psychology, chemistry and physics. The flexibility of the Pre-OT curriculum allows a student to satisfy entrance requirements to any of the occupational therapy schools in the country, and it prepares students for success both in graduate school and in their career.

Augustana assists pre-occupational therapy students in gaining clinical experience. The clinical experience required for entrance into occupational therapy programs is made available through the college at a variety of clinics in the Quad-Cities area and beyond.

Program outline

Note: Pre-OT is not a major; the student can major in any field; biology and/or psychology are most common.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Year
CH121-123 General Chemistry 1st
BI255 Human Anatomy 1st, 2nd or 3rd
BI358 Neuroanatomy 3rd or 4th
BI362 Human Physiology 3rd
PS100 Intro to Psychology 1st or 2nd
PS216 Life Span Development
PS240 Statistics
PS421 Abnormal Behavior 3rd or 4th
MA219 Calculus Anytime
PH101-103 Physics 2nd or 3rd
SO100 Intro to Sociology
CL111 Greek/Latin for Science

Relevant Electives

BI352 Kinesiology
Courses in Art, Philosophy, Speech Communication, First Aid and CPR Certification

Prerequisites for the 3:2 or 4:2 OT program at the Washington University in St. Louis

The OT program with Washington University stipulates the following prerequisites with a grade of B- or better:

  • One upper-level biology course (e.g., cell biology, human anatomy, neuroanatomy, zoology, genetics, ecology, botany), physiology (e.g., BI362 Human Physiology),
  • One additional physical science course (e.g., physics, chemistry, or advanced biology course), 1 social science course (e.g., PS100, SO100, economics, political science, anthropology),
  • One statistics course (e.g., PS240),
  • and proficiency in medical terminology (CL111) and computer competency.

Our affiliation agreement with the Washington University states that an Augustana College student can gain early admission if she/her meets the following requirements: 1) cumulative GPA at the end of 7 terms of 3.5 or above; 2) completion of prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above; 3) minimum GRE score of 500 VR, 550 Q and 600 A; 4) volunteer experience in occupational therapy for at least one summer or its equivalent; and 5) four letters of recommendation to include one from Dr. Scott as the pre-OT advisor.

Augustana College emphasizes applied learning. The clinical experience required for entrance into occupational therapy programs is made available through the college at a variety of clinics in the Quad-Cities area and beyond.