Pre-Occupational Therapy

All students in the PreOccupational Therapy Program must declare a primary major.

  • Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.
  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PreMedicine Concentration.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog descriptions of courses regarding course prerequisites and time of year when offered in order to plan properly in advance.
  • The PreOccupational Therapy Concentration coursework will satisfy the course requirements for admission at most American Occupational Therapy schools, but not necessarily all schools.
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration*

Required Coursework
TOTAL: 39-42 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 205, 206 16 sh
CHEM 111 * Prerequisite for BIOL 205/206 at SUNY Oneonta 4 sh
PHYS 103 4 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 3 sh
SOC 101 (SOCL 100) or ANTH 100 3 sh
PSYC 240, 246, 274 (374) [choose two or three] 6-9 sh

*Electives & Occupational Therapy School Selection:
The courses listed above satisfy the courses required for admission by the great majority of American MOT schools and will provide a strong foundation for entrance exam preparation. Additional courses are recommended but not required, and depend on specific MOT program prerequisites. Students should review information regarding the MOT schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarded recommended electives.

: Lifespan Development (PSYC 246) is a prerequisite for many MOT programs.

*PreOccupational Therapy Student Advising: Students in the PreHealth Professional Program should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific PreHealth Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta. PreHealth related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator at SUNY Oneonta. email:

Suggested Course Sequencing:

BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 4 sh PSYC 100 4 sh
    *MATH 105 3 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh PHYS 103 (General Physics I) 4 sh
SOC 101 or ANTH 100 3 sh PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh
BIOL 205 4 sh BIOL 206 4 sh
PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh

*Please note:
The recommended sequence is based on a student taking the GRE and applying to Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) School the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a bridge year, or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter occupational therapy school and what primary major is chosen. As a result, each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Requirements for Occupational Therapy School

  • Applicants to Occupational Therapy professional schools are evaluated on:
    • observational experience
    • GRE (not all schools require the GRE)
    • GPA
    • letters of recommendation
  • Application is made through the centralized application OTCAS.

4 + 2 in Occupational Therapy at The Sage Graduate School

SUNY Oneonta and Sage Graduate School have developed an articulated 4 + 2 agreement in Occupational Therapy for qualified students applying for admission to the The Sage College's Master of Occupational Therapy Program in Troy, NY. Students complete four years and a bachelors degree at SUNY Oneonta followed by two years of graduate study at The Sage Graduate School, leading to a MOT degree. Admission to Sage’s MOT program is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.

The SUNY Oneonta-Sage 4 + 2 OT agreement provides for:

  • Priority review of application (application must be postmarked June 1 of year preceding graduation)
  • Preferred acceptance (on a space available basis) into the Occupational Therapy Program for students who have completed MOT prerequisites at time of application, after initial advisement, interview, and completed application
  • Waiver of Sage Graduate School application fee
  • Advisement to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework to address OT Program prerequisites
  • Opportunity to apply early for graduate assistantships

Qualified students will:

  • Submit application to SAGE prior to the June 1 deadline
  • Complete prerequisite coursework prior to application to SAGE through the 4+2 OT agreement
  • Maintain a minimum overall 3.25 GPA in their undergraduate program & OT prerequisite courses
  • Earn a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the MOT Program
  • Document completion of clinical observation hours under the supervision of an occupational therapist

SAGE 4 + 2 OT
ANTH 100 or SOC 101 (SOCL 100)
BIOL 180 - 181
BIOL 205 - 206
PHYS 103
PSYC 100
PSYC 240
PSYC 274 or 374
STAT 101

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology
General Biology I & II
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (CHEM 111 is a prereq for BIOL 205)
General Physics I
Introductory Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Intro to Abnormal Psychology or Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Statistics


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