Prerequisite Requirements

Admission to the fall 2017 cohort is dependent on satisfactory completion of all prerequisite requirements before June 1, 2017.

Official transcripts verifying all remaining prerequisite and graduation degree requirements must be received in the department by June 1, 2017 in order to matriculate into the fall 2017 student cohort.

Applications with prerequisite course work, degree completion, and requirements in progress will be considered as long as the student has presented and adheres to a reasonable, timely plan for completion.

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate program (OTD) is not available to international graduate students.

Degree prerequisites

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, as the OTD program is not a bridge or degree-completion program.

Prerequisite course work

All coursework must be completed at the college or university-level and must be earned from a regionally-accredited institution with a grade of a "C" or better. Pre-requisite coursework must be completed and posted on official transcripts by June 1st prior to entering the first semester of the program.

  • Biological Sciences
    • Biology with lab * (3 hours Biology and 3 hours Chemistry with lab will be accepted in lieu of two Biology Courses) [6 credits]
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab* [6 credits]
    • Physics with lab* (preferably content in mechanics, heat, and electricity) [3 credits]            
  • Math        
    • Statistics (preferably applied or biostatistics) [3 credits]      
  • Social sciences    
    • Abnormal Psychology [3 credits]
    • Life Span Human Development ** [6 credits]
    • Sociology (medical, community, sexuality, etc.) [6 credits]     
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
    • Ethics or Social Justice (health care, medical, etc.) [3 credits]          

*Must include lecture and laboratory components in at least one biology course, anatomy and physiology, and physics.

**The Lifespan Human Development requirement may be met by either: taking a lifespan human development, psychology, or sociology course that covers human development from birth to death; or completing both a child development course and a gerontology/psychology of aging course. If the completed course covers the entire life span from birth to death, then a second psychology course (not a general psychology course) must be completed to fulfill this requirement. This second psychology course must cover topics such as health, cognition, social, perception, personality, or gender.

Northern Arizona University course options

The following course options are recommended to meet the course prerequisite requirement. A grade of C or higher must be earned in all prerequisite courses. A course in which a C- or lower is earned is not transferable. Students need to verify their eligibility to enroll in any of the following courses, as this is a decision of the department offering the course (refer to each course’s alphabetical prefix).

This list can be used to identify course equivalents in other institutions of higher education. Please read all admission requirements for the OTD program carefully before enrolling in any course not on this list. If you are concerned about whether or not a course is transferable, please contact us for clarification.

Biological Science (6 credits)

The biological science course prerequisite must include lecture and laboratory components in at least one biology course, anatomy and physiology, and physics. 

  • BIO 100, Principles of Biology (with lab)
  • BIO 154, The Art and Science of Human Movement
  • BIO 240, Genetics and Evolution
  • BIO 300, Human Biology
  • BIO 310, Scientific Concepts in Human Biology
  • BIO 331, Developmental Biology
  • PSY 255(H), Introduction to Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience
  • CHM 130, Fundamental Chemistry (with lab, CHM 230)
  • CHM 151, General Chemistry I (with lab, CHM151L)
Anatomy (6 credits)
  • BIO 201/202, Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)       
Physics (3 credits)  
  • PHY 111, General Physics I (with recitation, PHY 111R)
  • PHY 161, University Physics I
Math/Statistics (3 credits)

The math and statistics prerequisites will preferably include applied or biostatistics.

  • STA 270, Applied Statistics
  • STA 570, Statistical Methods I
  • PSY 230, Introduction to Statistics in Psychology
  • SOC 365, Social Statistics
Psychology (3 credits)

The psychology course prerequisites should emphasize abnormal psychology and human development 

  • PSY 415, Abnormal Psychology
  • EPS 580, Human Development
  • NUR 321, Gerontology
  • PSY 240, Developmental Psychology
Sociology (6 credits)
  • PSY 132, Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSY 250, Social Psychology
  • PSY 460C, Community Psychology
  • SBS 101, The Global Village
  • SOC 210, Social Problems
  • SOC 216, Family Issues and Social Change
  • SOC 204, Sociology of Gender
  • REL 285, Religion and Society
Liberal Arts and Sciences—Ethics or Social Justice (3 credits)              
  • CCJ 618, Issues in Community and Justice
  • CCJ 545, Ethnicity, Race and Justice
  • HHS 330W, Applied Ethics in Health Care
  • PHI 105, Introduction to Ethics
  • PHI 111, Introduction to Moral and Social Philosophy
  • PHI 332, Health Care Ethics
  • SOCY 142, Race and Ethnic Relations