Occupational therapist working with a patient on a coordination exercise on a peg board

Your Path to Occupational Therapy School

An occupational therapy degree consistently ranks among the most meaningful college majors. A career in occupational therapy allows you to creatively work with individuals to help people engage in desired activities.

To be admitted to an Occupational Therapy Program, prospective students without required undergraduate science courses can take advantage of the Pre-Occupational Therapy track in UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program.

UVM also offers an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program with access to UVM’s Larner Medical School and Level I Trauma Center Hospital.

There are many blended program options available to students; the following curriculum is a sample for an ODT program designed for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Sample Post-Bacc Pre-OT Curriculum:

Applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater prior to entry into the program:

  • One semester of General Psychology (3 credits)
  • One semester of Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • One semester of Human Development (3 credits)
  • One semester of Statistics (3 credits)
  • One semester of Biology (3 credits)
  • One semester of Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
  • One semester of Human Physiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Two semesters of Social Sciences (Anthropology, Humanities, Philosophy, Sociology: 6 credits)
  • One semester of Physics or Kinesiology (3 credits)

When published requirements are not specific regarding the number of credits or a lab, be sure to check with the admissions office of the school to which you are applying.

A Note from Your Advisor

Programs that combine a bachelor’s degree with a graduate program often require application to both at the outset of the undergraduate program. Many programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This profession is physically demanding and offers career flexibility.

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