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(Pre-) Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists assist people across the lifespan participate in everyday activities and occupations. They help children with disabilities to participate in school activities, help individuals recovering from injury to regain skills, and support older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. 

The pre-occupational therapy program is a pre-professional curriculum whereby all the necessary prerequisites can be completed in preparation for applying to a school of occupational therapy. All OT’s must earn a graduate degree from an accredited program. The department provides advising to assist each student. A strong undergraduate academic record is important. Schools of occupational therapy offer a master’s degree or doctoral degree. Students must complete a bachelor’s degree and certain number of required courses before applying to a professional occupational therapy program.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are a good listener and communicator
  • Want to help people and work well with others
  • Are patient and creative
  • Have strong interpersonal skills
  • Are inquisitive and like to solve problems

Suggested Majors

  • Exercise Science (B.S.)
  • Community and Public Health (B.S.)
  • Human Biology (B.S.)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
  • Sociology (B.A./B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Biology
  • Health Education
  • Health Science
  • Nutrition

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Minnesota
  • Creighton
  • Colorado State University
  • St. Ambrose University

Clubs and Organizations

  • Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
  • Exercise Science
  • HEROH (Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health)

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.