The following seven content areas must be completed before the student may apply for approval to enroll in occupational therapy courses. These prerequisites are included as part of the Pre-OT undergraduate degree plans at TWU. Some colleges/universities offer these courses in combined or separate lecture/lab. Your undergraduate advisor will determine whether a course satisfies the prerequisite content. It isn’t necessary that the course title be the same as below; it is the course content/description that is the critical issue.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours) Principles of the structure and functions of the human body. Lecture /lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credit hours) Principles of the structure and functions of the human body. Lecture/lab (this is a continuation of A & P I)
Developmental Psychology or Human Development Across the Lifespan (3 credit hours) Development of personality and learning across the life-span. (General Psychology is usually a prerequisite) Note: some Pre-OT degree plans do not require a separate course in dev. psych. Check with the Pre-OT advisor in the major.
General Psychology: (3 credit hours) Introduction to psychology. Usually counts toward the Core and is a pre-requisite for Abnormal Psychology.
Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours) Study of psychopathology in such areas as mood disorders, psychosis, defense mechanisms, comparison between normal and abnormal behavior. Note: A course in general psychology is usually a prerequisite.
* Kinesiology (3 – 4 credit hours) Anatomical aspects of the nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems of the human body, biomechanics and applications to movement. Lecture/lab
* Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology (3- 4 credit hours) Basic anatomy & physiology of the human nervous system. Location, structure, and function of the CNS and associated pathways. Lecture/lab
Introductory Statistics (3 credit hours) Frequency distributions; graphical representation, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal curve; hypothesis testing/confidence intervals.
Medical Terminology A systems approach to the language of medicine, including the analysis and utilization of word roots, combining forms, prefixes, suffixes, and medical terms; emphasis on written and spoken medical vocabulary.
The competency in Medical Terminology may also be satisfied with an online course with a certificate indicating competency. Such courses are available for professionals seeking Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or for other interested parties. TWU School of OT does not endorse any specific course or program of study.
* It is strongly recommended that these courses be completed at TWU. The content is highly specialized and will best meet the needs of OT students.
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