OTD Occupational Therapy Prerequisites
- A completed BA or BS degree with a miniumum overall grade point average of 3.00 or better
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (2 courses, both with required labs)
- Neuroanatomy (lab preferred)
The Neuroanatomy course must include content related to the neural basis for movement and sensory functions. This includes an overview of the anatomical organization and function of the central nervous system, gross anatomy of both central and peripheral nervous system (including blood supply and meninges), sensory pathways, motor pathways, cranial nerves, and the spinal cord and spinal nerves. At the end of the course, students should have a basic working knowledge of the central nervous system in order to participate in the neurological examination of individuals with neurological impairments.
* UNH offers KIN706 Neurology as an online course during summer session that will include online lab experiences.
* Neurology can often be found at schools that offer medical based programs, including occupational therapy and/or physical therapy programs. Neuroscience or neuropsychology courses typically do not meet this prerequisite.
- Clinical Kinesiology (lab preferred)
The clinical kinesiology course must include content related to the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems, sensory innervation of muscles, and basic biomechanics.
* UNH offers KIN652 Clinical Kinesiology as an online course during summer session.
- Abnormal Psychology
- Medical Terminology
- Human Development
* Coursework should include all stages of human development from birth through old age. This information may be covered in one lifespan course or multiple courses (i.e.: child development and adult development).
Do all of the prerequisites need to be completed to apply?
Students who have completed all prerequisites will be reviewed more favorably, however, students may apply while still completing prerequisite courses. All prerequisites must be completed before beginning the program in the Summer semester.
Where can I take the prerequisites?
Prerequisite courses may be completed at any accredited college or university. Prerequisite course must be taken for college credit with a letter grade of a B- or better.