Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

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A degree in biology or chemistry from Franklin College provides many of the foundation courses required for acceptance into an occupational therapy Masters 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 hours listed in parenthesis reflect the number of credits awarded at Franklin for a given course.)

Chemistry 3 credits – CHE 121, 123 General Chemistry I w/ lab (5 hours)
Physics – 3 credits: PHY 221 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 134 Principles of Biology (4 hours)
Anatomy w/ lab and Physiology w/ lab: Human Anatomy and Physiology I & 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 The Self & Society
Literature or Speech: LA 201 The Worlds of Imagination: Exploring Great Literature or LA 111 Public Speaking
Medical Terminology is strongly recommended.  (ATR 121 Medical Terminology and Documentation for Allied Health Professions)

Other Recommended Courses: 

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

Pre-OT Adviser:
Dr. Alice Heikens