Pre-Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that helps people of all ages to recover from injury, disability or illness and participate in activities of daily living. Below learn more about the classes and the national exam you need to prepare for an occupational therapy school or program. Also learn information about occupational therapy schools and general information about occupational therapy.

What classes do I need to take?

Each OT graduate program has different requirements. It is up to you to learn about your specific program(s) and prepare for them. A directory of masters-level programs in the US and their prerequisites is found at the Accreditation Council on Occupation Therapy Education (ACOTE).

   UM-Dearborn most common pre-requisite courses for most OT programs in MI 

What is the national standardized test?

For most OT graduate programs, the ETS Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (not any of the subject tests) is the test required.  The best way to prepare for the general GRE test is to use the ETS free test preparation material on prepare for the general GRE. 

What else should I know?

It is important that you learn and incorporate the Association of American Medical Colleges Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students in your academic and non-academic activities.

More information, such as what you should major in and what else you can do to prepare for the OT profession can be found in our FAQ section.

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