Pre-Professional Health Programs

Pre-Occupational Therapy Academic Coursework

Since Cleveland State University is fortunate enough to have our own Master of Occupational Therapy Program, the courses outlined below are specifically for our program. Please note that there are several Occupational Therapy Programs in the state of Ohio, and an online directory of programs can be found on the American Occupational Therapy Association website.

It is highly recommended that you make an appointment with your pre-professional advisor prior to enrolling in any prerequisites for OT school. A pre-professional advisor will review your plans, your progress and discuss future courses of action. 

Students are also encouraged to review the Master of Occupational Therapy at Cleveland State University website in full and to contact the department for an advising appointment. Students can also contact the program for an advising appointment.

Course Number

Course Title

HSC 422/450 or BIO 422/423

Physiology and lab

HSC 475/457

Human Gross Anatomy and lab

HSC 381


HSC 476/478

Neuroscience and lab

PSY 223

Life Span Development

PSY 345

Abnormal Psychology

PSY 317 or STA 347

Upper Level Statistics

HSC 203

Medical Terminology

All courses must be completed with a C or better. Four of the eight (including a minimum of two sciences) must be completed by deadline of application.

Additional Course Recommendations: Please see Pre-Professional Health Programs for additional recommendations.

The above list is not comprehensive. Each OT school may have slightly different requirements and it is the responsibility of the student to take prerequisite courses according to the schools he or she plans to apply to.