Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

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A degree in biology, chemistry, exercise science or psychology from Franklin College provides many of the foundation courses required for acceptance into an occupational therapy Master of Science and, at the same time, provides you with a very marketable degree in case you chose not to pursue further study that area. The following are required for consideration for admission at the University of Indianapolis:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than occupational therapy, or complete it by enrollment.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an occupational therapist
  • Completion of the prerequisite courses with a grade of at least a “C” in each course and a prerequisite GPA of at least 3.0. Courses taken on a pass fail basis will not count for prerequisites. (Note: The number of credits listed is a minimum. The courses and hours listed reflect the specific Franklin College courses and their credit hours that will meet each requirement.)

Chemistry – 3 credits: CHE 121/123 General Chemistry I with lab (5 hours)
Physics – 3 credits: PHY 201/203 General Physics I (5 hours) (Note: Physics is not required for all OT programs.)

Biological sciences – 9 credit minimum distributed as follows:
General Biology with lab: BIO 114 General Biology or BIO 134 (4 hours)
Anatomy with lab and Physiology with lab: KIN 210/210L and KIN 220/220L Applied Human Anatomy and Applied Human Physiology (8 hours) or BIO 210 and BIO 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)

Behavioral Sciences – 12 credits
General Psychology: PSY 117 General Psychology (4 hours) and MAT/PSY 224 Basic Applied Statistics (3 hours)
Abnormal Psychology: PSY 321 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
Life Span Psychology: PSY 226 Lifespan Psychology (3 hours)
Sociology: SOC 118 Introduction to Sociology (4 hours)

Written and Verbal Communication – 5 credits
English Composition: LA 101
Literature or Speech: LA 201 or LA 111
Medical Terminology is strongly recommended. (KIN/BIO 121 Medical Terminology and Documentation for Allied Health Professions)

Other Recommended Courses: 

    • EXE/BIO 387 Biomechanics (3 hours)
    • EXE/BIO 372 Exercise Physiology (3 hours)
    • EXE 382 Motor Learning (3 hours)
    • EXE 385 Sport and Exercise Psychology (3 hours)

Pre-OT Advisers:
Alice Heikens, Ph.D.
Kyra Noerr, Ph.D.