Pre-Occupational Therapy

Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 121 Biology Lab I
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms
BI 122 Biology Lab II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab
BI 207 Dynamics Of Biological Processes
BI 305 Biostatistics
ND SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences
BI 310 Physiology
BI 367 Comparative Anatomy
BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
SO 203 Minority Experience
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PY 203 Abnormal Psychology
PY 350 Developmental Psychology
EN ___ English Course (in addition to CWS)

Important Notes

  • Strongly recommend Introduction to Ethics, Life Cycle, Social Science Research Methods, as many programs not affiliated with Juniata require these courses. Also recommend applied art (ex. pottery, jewelry-making), Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, Minorities, Aging and Society, Social Problems and Social Welfare, Mental and Physical Handicaps, economics, and foreign language (especially Spanish).
  • These courses reflect minimal requirements for most schools. Requirements are given for Jefferson School of Health Professions. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3+2 program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirements.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee., preferably Dr. Amanda Siglin.
  • In addition to your course work it is mandatory to gain experience in occupational therapy either during the school year or over the summer.


Jefferson School of Health Professions

Regular Progression OR 3+2 B.S./M.S.O.T. Program

Classes Credits
Anatomy and Physiology with Labs 8
English (composition and elective) 6
Statistics 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Sociology 3
Cultural Anthropology or Ethnic Sociology 3

Accelerated MSOT 3 + 2 in Occupational Therapy with Thomas Jefferson University
(Juniata College B.S./Master of Science in Occupational Therapy)

High school seniors who are committed to earning a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) have the opportunity to do so in five years by completing the first three years at Juniata College and the final two years at Jefferson. You can earn a B.S. from Juniata and a MSOT from Jefferson.

Students must apply to this program directly from high school as first-year applicants on the Juniata College application. To be academically qualified, students must have:

  • Minimum 3.3 high school GPA
  • Minimum total 1270 SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Math sections)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Students who are academically qualified will be emailed a Jefferson supplemental application in early January to complete for consideration of an admissions interview. The Jefferson supplemental application includes:

  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Preferred minimum of 15 hours of shadowing or volunteering with an occupational therapist prior to the admissions interview (more hours and varied experiences are recommended)
  • Resume with any OT shadowing hours listed
  • Essay: As a high school student, what influenced your decision to pursue accelerated entry into graduate school and specifically, why are you interested in Thomas Jefferson University's Accelerated MSOT 3 + 2 program?

Select candidates will be invited for an admissions interview to Jefferson in February or March. Students who have a successful interview will be offered direct admission into the 3 + 2 MSOT program.

Candidates who are interviewed will receive their final admissions decision no later than April 1st.

Accepted students have until May 1st to accept their offer of admission by submitting a $500 enrollment deposit to Jefferson.

Jefferson OT Observation Hours Form

Helpful websites:

American Occupational Therapy Association -

Thomas Jefferson School of Health Professions -

General Information:

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Occupational Therapy*

*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken. Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone. Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation. Consult with your advisor.

Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
  Biology Lab I Integrated Chemistry Principles II
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab Psychology
Sophomore Year BI 106 Bi 207
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic English course (any semester)
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab Abnormal Psychology
Junior Year Developmental Psychology Statistics (any semester)
  Physiology Anatomy and Lab
  American Culture/Ethnic Studies  
  GRE Exam Preparation* GRE Exam Preparation

*Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam (NOT required for the 3+2 students)

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata. If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.