School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Pre-Occupational Therapy Program
Occupational therapists help people of all ages who have physical or mental limitations due to a disability, surgery or injury participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. A Master's degree or Ph.D. is required to practice occupational therapy (OT) and our pre-OT program will prepare you to excel in OT graduate school.
We recommend that pre-OT students pursue the Health Sciences major because it is most closely aligned with the coursework required by most OT graduate programs. Within the Health Sciences major, students should select the pre-OT track, which includes courses like Public Speaking, Abnormal Psychology, and Lifespan Development.
Occupational Therapy Dual Degree Major
A cooperative program between Mount St. Mary's and the Sacred Heart University College of Health Professions is available that allows a student to earn degrees from both participating institutions over a six-year period. In the program a student first earns an undergraduate degree from Mount St. Mary's University, then attends the Sacred Heart University School of Occupational Therapy for two academic years. Once all degree requirements are met, a master's degree in occupational therapy is awarded from Sacred Heart University.
The dual-degree requirements at Mount St. Mary's are completion of the Mount's Veritas program, plus a Mount major and also the following prerequisite courses:
MATH 105 Elementary Statistics
PSYCH 100 Foundations of Psychology
PSYCH 203 Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH 205 Lifespan Development
SOC 100 Foundations of Sociology
COMM 230 Public Speaking
VTPH/VTTH 300 Ethics and the Human Good
A student who satisfies these requirements at Mount St. Mary's with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and a grade point average of at least 3.2 in the graduate program prerequisites (listed above,) and has the recommendation of the health professions advisor at Mount St. Mary's and successfully completes an on-site interview, will have preferential admission status to the Sacred Heart University School of Occupational Therapy.
Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.