Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with special emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and injury. Their clients are persons of all ages who need assistance participating in the activities they want and need to do in their everyday lives. As of 2007, all accredited occupational therapy programs are at the post-baccalaureate (master’s and doctoral) degree level. OT programs do not generally require a specific major. Students planning for a career in occupational therapy should discuss their goals with their pre-professional health and undergraduate advisers. Occupational therapy programs have a set of prerequisite courses and experiences that may be unique to the particular program. Prerequisites generally include extensive undergraduate coursework in both the biological and behavioral sciences.
Please consult Dr. Jeanne Wenos, Coordinator of the Pre-occupational Therapy Program, for more specific information.
- JMU Pre-Occupational Therapy Advising Information Sheet (PDF)
- Pre-occupational Therapy Association
- American Occupational Therapy Association
- Graduate Record Examination