Master of Science in OT Prerequisite Courses

The following courses may be completed at any community college, four year college or university at either the graduate or undergraduate level. All of the prerequisite courses must be completed with a "B" or better. At least 4 of the 8 courses must be complete in order to apply to our program.


Semester Units


Human Anatomy with a Lab*

Needs to have a virtual or human cadaver lab associated with the course. If your human anatomy course did not have a lab or a lab with a human cadaver associated with it, consider locating a lab in your area and taking just the 1-unit lab. Stanford University offers a individualized cadaver tutorial that is open to you. Contact their Clinical Anatomy department for more information. You must provide proof of completion of at least 6 hours of a human cadaver lab. You can supply the course catalog description, certificate of completion, or letter from the professor which must include the hours and content.
3 4

Human Physiology with a Lab

If human anatomy and physiology are offered in a combined course, they must go over a two semester period with each semester having a lab.
3 4


SJSU offers an online course that meets this requirement (OCTH 190) that is offered each summer. This course is available through Open University (scroll down the page to find OCTH 190) and you do not need to have been accepted to the program to take this course. Other courses are acceptable; however, they must meet the requirements for the neuro course. Not all courses with "neuro" in the title are acceptable. Please see the pre-approved list here.
Registration for the Summer online course (OCTH 190) begins in April of each year. Click here for steps on how to register for Open University online course.
3-4 4

General Psychology

3 4

Abnormal Psychology

3 4

Sociology or Cultural Anthropology

3 4


A general statistics course that covers correlations and analysis of variance (ANOVA)
3 4

A Skills Course

May be taken through adult education. The purpose of the course is to have students work with an artistic medium. Acceptable courses include: Ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpting, weaving, or wood working. Previous work may be accepted as fulfilling this requirement, at the discretion of the graduate coordinator. If you complete this requirement at a location other than a university or college, you must provide either a certificate of completion or a letter from the instructor with the number of hours completed (at least 40 hours) and the class content.
3 4
The courses with this symbol (*) next to the title must be completed within 7 years prior to enrollment. All other courses do not have a time requirement.