Prerequisite Requirements

Admission to the fall 2018 cohort is dependent on satisfactory completion of all prerequisite requirements before June 30, 2018.

Official transcripts verifying all remaining prerequisite and graduation degree requirements must be received in the department by June 30, 2018 in order to matriculate into the fall 2018 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.

Prerequisite course work

For consideration, courses:

  • Must be completed and transcripts submitted on or before June 30, 2018 prior to matriculation.
  • Must be earned at a “C” or above. Courses with a “C-“or lower are not accepted.
  • In general, Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology courses must have been completed in the last 7 years unless an “A” or a “B” has been earned on an advanced course on the same topic within the last seven years. Additionally, the grade on the original course must have been a “C” or above. Exceptions to these course requirements will be reviewed and approval granted on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with courses earned more than 7 years prior to admission are encouraged to consult with one of the admissions staff.
  • Must be from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • Must be earned in semester hours/credits or the equivalent thereof for quarter credits. The quarter credit conversion formula is quarter credits multiplied by .6667 equal semester credits. 
  • Coursework may not be applied in more than one category.


  • Biology (6 semester credits). This requirement may be met by:
    • Completing 6 credits of biology or 
    • 3 credits of biology with 3 credits of chemistry. 
    • The biology credits must include at least one course with both a lecture and laboratory component with the latter a lab focusing on animal-related principles.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 semester credits).
  • Statistics (3 semester credits). The statistics course is preferably is in applied or bio-statistics.
  • Ethics or Social Justice (3 semester credits). This course must include topics related to current health care and medicine. 
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 semester credits). 
  • Lifespan Human Development (6 semester credits). The Lifespan Human Development requirement is 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. Both courses must be above the introductory level.
  • Sociology (6 semester credits). The sociology courses must include current topics related to the medical field, community and/or sexuality, aging and other human conditions.

Additional Resources:
Prerequisite Coursework Information
Self-Assessment Worksheet 

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)       
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
Abnormal Psychology and Lifespan Human Development (9 credits)

The psychology course prerequisites should emphasize abnormal psychology and human development 

  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 415, Abnormal Psychology
  • Lifespan Human Development (6 credits)
    • 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