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The pre-occupational therapy minor provides foundational courses for students that are preparing to be competitive applicants for Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.) programs after completing their bachelor’s degree at VCU. The pre-occupational therapy minor can be completed as a part of any undergraduate degree. Completing this minor does not guarantee admission into any occupational therapy program. This minor is structured to academically prepare students to apply for occupational therapy programs broadly. Clinical and non-clinical experiences are a requirement of application to most occupational therapy programs. In addition to this minor, students will still need to participate in clinical and non-clinical experiences to develop a competitive application for occupational therapy. Visit the VCU Career Services - Pre-Professional Health Career Advising website for more information and to schedule an appointment with a pre-professional health and STEM career counselor.

Occupational therapy programs across the U.S. have different prerequisites for admission. The list below shows courses that may be required by various schools including the VCU O.T.D. program. It is always recommended that you visit each program’s webpage and/or attend an information session to obtain requirements for specific programs. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to integrate these courses into their academic plan. In addition, students are encouraged to discuss career plans with their pre-professional health academic minor adviser and career counselor for additional guidance.

For the pre-occupational therapy minor, a minimum of nine credits in upper-level (300-level or higher) courses must be taken at VCU. It is strongly recommended that all upper-level courses at a 300-level or higher listed in this minor be completed at VCU. It is encouraged to demonstrate future academic success in occupational therapy programs through a rigorous course schedule. Occupational therapy programs may prefer students complete these courses at a four-year institution in order to demonstrate future academic success in occupational therapy program course work. 

Declaring the pre-occupational therapy minor

To declare the pre-occupational therapy minor:

  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours to be eligible to declare the minor 
  • Students must obtain a minimum cumulative VCU GPA of 3.0
  • Students must complete BIOL 101 and BIOZ 101 or BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151 with minimum grades of C

Maintaining the pre-occupational therapy minor (progression policy)

  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 VCU cumulative GPA.

    • If a student's VCU cumulative GPA drops below 3.0, they will be placed on probation in the minor and allowed one semester to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 — provided it is mathematically possible to do so. If it is not mathematically possible to do so, or if the student fails to raise their minimum cumulative GPA to 3.0 during their probationary semester, they will be removed from the pre-occupational therapy minor and can re-declare the minor once eligible. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their minor adviser to discuss their academic plans/progress.

  • Students cannot exceed more than three attempts of any course within the minor including withdrawals and historical repeat attempts. If a student exceeds three attempts for any course within the minor, they will not be eligible to maintain and graduate with the minor.

Required courses

Course Title Hours
ANTH 103Introduction to Anthropology3
or SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology
BIOL 101
BIOZ 101
Biological Concepts
and Biological Concepts Laboratory
or BIOL 151
BIOZ 151
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
or BIOL 152
BIOZ 152
Introduction to Biological Sciences II
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
BIOL 205Basic Human Anatomy (includes lab)4
PHIS 206
PHIZ 206
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
PSYC 101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Psychology4
PSYC 304Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 407Psychology of the Abnormal3
STAT 210Basic Practice of Statistics3
STAT 314Applications of Statistics 14
Social sciences electives (from PSYC, ANTH and/or SOCY)3-6
Total Hours35-38

VCU psychology majors can take PSYC 214 in place of STAT 314 (STAT 210 is a prerequisite for PSYC 214).

Additional recommended courses and information

Occupational therapy programs across the U.S. have different prerequisites for admission. Students should discuss career plans with a pre-professional health career counselor for additional guidance. If the 300-level science course requirements have been completed, students are encouraged to continue taking upper-level science courses to demonstrate academic rigor and success. The list below shows courses required by various occupational therapy program beyond the courses listed above for the pre-occupational therapy minor. Completing courses from the list below will not contribute to the pre-occupational therapy minor requirements.

Course Title Hours
HPEX 250Medical Terminology1
OCCT 250Understanding Disability Through Media3
PHIL 201Introduction to Ethics3
PHYS 201General Physics I4
PHYS 202General Physics II4
SPCH 121Effective Speech3
or SPCH 321 Speech for Business and the Professions
UNIV 191Student Success Special Topics1-3