OTD/MSOT Prerequisites

The SIX PREREQUISITE COURSES for Admission to the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and MSOT Programs at University of Puget Sound:

1. One course (unit) in Introductory STATISTICS – math or psychology departments are most common
2 - 3.

Two courses (units) in ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (preferably with lab)

• can be separate anatomy and physiology courses, OR combined A&P in two-course sequence

4 - 6.

Three courses (units) in BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:

a. DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY over the LIFESPAN is required

• may count either as one or two courses;

o IF entire lifespan is covered in one course, then 2 more behavioral science courses must be taken; two additional courses (at 200 level or above) that focus on individual and/or group interaction, culture, or mental health – typically from Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology departments.
o IF lifespan is covered in two courses (as in Puget Sound Psych 220-221), then only 1 more behavioral science course must be taken; one additional course (at 200 level or above) that focuses on individual and/or group interaction, culture, or mental health – typically from Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology departments.

NOTE** A course in Medical Terminology (either graded or pass/fail) is strongly recommended, though not required. IF not taken prior to enrollment, student will have to pass a series of faculty-written quizzes after self-study of medical terminology during the first semester.

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. If your prerequisite courses have been completed more than 10 years prior to application, you should submit a petition letter describing how the prerequisite knowledge has been kept current via OTCAS. You will receive written notification of the decision on your petition.

The admissions committee will accept p/f or c/nc grades for coursework and prerequisite classes taken anytime during 2020.  However, please note that if you have more than 2 prerequisites with a p/f or c/nc grade the admissions committee may request additional information from you.