General prerequisites:

  • Completed baccalaureate degree prior to starting occupational therapy classes. Any undergraduate major may lead to the successful study of occupational therapy; you may major in any field that maximizes your talents and interests as there is no preferred major. In fact, the department seeks a diversity of educational backgrounds among its students. A liberal education is a vital component in the preparation of today's health care practitioner.
  • Overall GPA of all baccalaureate work of 3.0 or better. If applicant has multiple degrees the GPA of the more recent degree completed is used as qualifier. Completed graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better will qualify an applicant with a low undergraduate GPA.

Prerequisite courses:

  • One course in introductory Statistics
  • Two sequential Human Anatomy and Physiology courses, preferably with lab 
  • A total of three (3) courses in Human Behavioral Science/Human Development, distributed as follows:

(a)  Human Development through the life span:
Developmental Psychology: Prenatal through Childhood or equivalent and Developmental Psychology: Adolescence through End of Life or equivalent. 

Note: It is sometimes possible to meet the Human Development prerequisite within a single course in which case an applicant must have completed 2 courses in category (b) listed below.

(b)  Human Behavioral Science courses (one or more courses as needed to complete the three-course Human Behavioral Science/Human Development requirement): Psychology, Anthropology or Sociology at the 200 level or above addressing at least one of the following content areas:
     (i)  Normal and abnormal behavior of individuals and/or groups;
     (ii) The analysis of behavior of individuals and/or groups and their interactions; or
     (iii) Culture and mental health.

Questions about distribution of the three Human Behavioral Science/Human Development courses, if taken at another school, should be directed to the Office of Admission, accompanied by a course description including the name of the school and an unofficial transcript if the coursework has been completed.

  • Though not a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that all applicants take a medical terminology course for a grade (i.e. not pass/fail).     

All prerequisite courses must be taken for a grade, and you must earn at least a grade of 2.0 in each course. However, in order to be competitive a grade of 3.0 or above is highly recommended.

Prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants may petition for an exemption to the 10 year recency requirement if they have kept their knowledge current, for example through work experience. Petitions should be submitted in the form of a letter to the Office of Admissions.

Specific prerequisite courses must be completed before enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Program:

Prerequisite course descriptions from all non-Washington institutions attended submitted directly to Puget Sound via mail, e-mail, or fax by December 1st.


Puget Sound Admission

For items that must be submitted directly to Puget Sound, please use the following contact information:

Office of Admission
1500 N. Warner St.
CMB 1062
Tacoma, WA

253.879.3993 (fax)