Pre-Occupational Therapy

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The associate of arts in pre-occupational therapy program satisfies the course requirements for admission to the professional portion of the curriculum in occupational therapy offered by the School of Medicine at West Virginia University. Registration in the first two years does not automatically assure the student a place in the junior class. A student will be accepted on a competitive basis and selection will be based on scholastic standing and on those personal characteristics that are desirable in occupational therapists. Applicants must have a minimum of 63 to 65 hours of college credit with a GPA of 3.0 cumulatively and in prerequisite coursework.

A minimum of 60 hours of volunteer or work experience with people with disabilities is required. A minimum of 45 of those hours must be with licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L) and/or a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Two letters of recommendation are also required, one from an occupational therapist or COTA who supervised the volunteer/work experiences and the other from a professor who has recently taught the applicant. Completion of all prerequisite courses by the end of the semester of application (usually, second semester of sophomore year) is normally required. Strong consideration will be given to residency and a commitment to stay in West Virginia to practice after graduation.

The pre-occupational therapy program provides a foundation in biology, math, physics, physiology, psychology and sociology required for admission into and success in the occupational therapy program at WVU School of Medicine. Students planning to apply to other occupational therapy programs should determine admission requirements and transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College and the institution they plan to attend.

Career Opportunities

Occupational therapists advise patient and family about in-home treatment options and exercises, advise on home and workplace environmental alterations, help people to return to work, coach people with learning difficulties or poor social skills in hospitals, patient homes, nursing homes, schools and other health care facilities.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (6 and 7)6
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
MATH 128Plane Trigonometry3
or MATH 129 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
or MATH 150 Applied Calculus
or MATH 155 Calculus 1
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
PHYS 101Introductory Physics4
PSIO 241Elementary Physiology4
COMM 104Public Communication (GEF 5)3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development (GEF 8)3
PSYC 281Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (GEF 8)3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (GEF 8)3
or SOCA 105 Introduction to Anthropology
OSTC 107Medical Terminology 13
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3BIOL 102
BIOL 104
 PSYC 241 (GEF 8)3
 SOCA 101 or 105 (GEF 8)3
 MATH 1283
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
PSYC 1013 
COMM 104 (GEF 5)3 
WVUE 1911 
 17 16
Second Year
PHYS 1014PSYC 2813
STAT 2113GEF 63
PSIO 2414GEF 73
OSTC 1073Elective4
 14 13
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

pre-occupational therapy

Upon completion of the associates in pre-occupational program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe general biological concepts including cell structure and function, physiology and genetics.
  2. Use mathematical concepts to solve problems.
  3. Describe fundamental concepts in psychology and sociology.
  4. Apply for admission into the occupational program at WVU School of Medicine or equivalent program.