Are you considering a job as an Occupational Therapist?

On this page, students and families can find out more information regarding what it means to pursue an educational path aligning to Occupational Therapy (OT) programs across the US. In addition, prerequisite education, aspects of professional practice, and the dilneation of Occupational Therapy versus Physical Therapy are explored. 

What does the Pre-Occupational Therapy program look like at SOU? 

Though pre-professional programs represent a core set of recommended coursework, they are not academic majors themselves. These programs are meant be completed in addition to standard degree programs. Southern Oregon University offers a number of programs, which are designed to be ideal for professional schools both in and out of Oregon. These programs are meant to serve the student by providing necessary prerequisite coursework for their desired professional goals, but offer the flexibility to change some of that coursework to suite a preferred professional schools. In the case of a Pre-OT program, it is advisable for a student to complete a full baccalaureate degree prior to transferring to a professional school. However, some programs will not require a completed baccalaureate prior to transferring to a professional programs, though these may be less common. 


What is the difference between an Occupational Therapist and a Physical Therapist?

What does the world of an OT look like professionally?


What do I need to become an OT?

When it comes to SOU's pre-professional program, we focus on the baccalaureate coursework necessary to get into a graduate program in OT. These graduate programs can be either masters or doctoral programs, though masters-level is the most common. Technically, students can have a variety of different majors, but most commonly the social sciences. We find students often gravitate towards a major in Psychology with a minor in Biology or a major in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Psychology. 

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