All candidates for the Occupational Therapy program must be admitted to the College through the Office of Admissions prior to applying through OTCAS for admission to the graduate program. After a candidate is admitted to the College, the Coordinators of Academics in the Occupational Therapy Program provide academic advisement, course approval, and continuing guidance throughout the course of study in the Occupational Therapy program. All applicants must complete the following prerequisites prior to the start of the graduate program. Courses previously taken at other institutions may be transferred in except for the courses indicated.

BI 223 Anatomy and Physiology I

BI 224 Anatomy and Physiology II

MA 112 and/or MA 113, if placed

MA 225 Introduction to Statistics or Psychological Statistics

PS  102 General Psychology II or equivalent

PS 113 and PS 114 Developmental Psychology I and II or 6-credit lifespan equivalent

PS 226 Abnormal Psychology

SO-V Sociology or Intro to Sociology

The following courses must be taken at Dominican College

BI 324 Clinical Anatomy

BI 333 Neuroscience

PY 114 Topics in Physics/Physics

OT 421 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice or, for COTAs only, OT 431 Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice

OT 532 Kinesiology in Occupational Therapy Practice

This statement of prerequisites is subject to amendment in two respects:

  1. Writing proficiency is critical in the profession of Occupational Therapy, and Dominican College is committed to providing its students with the kind of preparation that will assist them in the program and in their later careers; thus, all students are required to provide an on-site writing sample as part of the Program’s admission process. Students should contact the Academic Success Center upon admission to the College to take the English Placement Examination to assess the level of writing proficiency. Students should contact the program to complete the on-site occupational therapy admissions essay.  Students may be required to enroll in writing courses or workshops as a result of these processes.
  2. The Anatomy & Physiology Challenge Examination is required to transfer Anatomy & Physiology I and/or Clinical Anatomy with grades of B- or higher earned more than five years before applying to Dominican College. Students who do not meet the academic standard for the challenge exam will be required to retake BI 223 and BI 224 Anatomy and Physiology I and II and BI 324.  Students with grades  lower than B-  in BI 223and BI224  will be required to retake these courses.