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Pre-Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational therapy schools differ considerably in their pre-professional requirements. Most OT programs require a bachelor’s degree, along with specific prerequisites prior to entry. The only OT program in Idaho is Idaho State University. A student interested in this career is advised to consult an advisor, determine which of the several schools would be the student’s choice, and pattern the pre-professional curriculum in line with the requirements of the desired schools. Check out the American Occupational Therapy website.

AdvisorEmailPosition and DepartmentPhoneOffice
Glenda Hillghill@boisestate.eduDirector,
Pre-Professional Studies
208-426-3832HSR 124
Erin Colburnerincolburn@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-2454HSR 123
Howard Wileyhowardwiley@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-3732HSR 122

Pre-Occupational Therapy Course Work

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 101 and 102English Composition6
Arts and Humanities and University Foundations courses (determined by professional school or degree choice)6-12
COMM 101
PSYC 101
SOC 101
Other Social Sciences
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
(consult with an advisor)
3
3
3
3-6
BIOL 100 OR
BIOL 191-192
BIOL 227-228
Concepts of Biology OR
General Biology I-II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
4-8

8
HLTHST 101Medical Terminology3
MATH 108 OR
MATH 143-144 OR
MATH 147
Depends on math requirements
at professional school
Intermediate Algebra OR
College Algebra and Analytical Trigonometry OR
Precalculus
4-5
PSYC 295
PSYC 301
PSYC 309
PSYC 310
Statistical Methods
Abnormal Psychology
Child Development
Adolescent and Adult Development
3
3
3
3
Other recommended courses depend on the selected professional occupational therapy school.

Frequently required prerequisites: CHEM 111, PHYS 111, ART 225 or other applied art courses.

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