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Prerequisite Courses

Please download JMU Prerequisite Equivalency Request Form for questions concerning equivalencies of courses from other colleges for the required prerequisites for admission to the Occupational Therapy Program. When completed email to JMU OT Admissions Committee JMUOTadmissions@jmu.edu. Please allow 6 weeks for review.

  1. Applicants may be enrolled in a maximum of 3 prerequisite courses during the spring semester prior to the start of the Occupational Therapy program. The courses must be completed by the end of spring semester.
  2. If an applicant takes Anatomy and Physiology at a community college, the student must achieve at least a grade of “B” (3.0).

An applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree must complete the following prerequisite courses:

BIO 270. Human Physiology
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
ANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology

HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics, or
PHYS 140. College Physics + 140 L, or
KIN 407. Rehab Biomechanics, or Kinesiology 306 + L

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics, or
HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research

PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
HTH 408. Research Methods
HTH 210. Medical Terminology

Choose one of the following:

SOCI 140. Individual in Society

SOCI 110. Social Issues in a Global Context

The JMU OT Program requires BIO 270- Human Physiology (4 credits with lab) and BIO 290- Human Anatomy (4 credits with lab) as prerequisites.

If students are taking anatomy and physiology at a community college level that combine the two topics in a lecture and lab format, then the student will need to take Anatomy & Physiology I/ with lab and Anatomy & Physiology II/ with lab (i.e. Bio 141 + lab and BIO 142 + lab) to equal JMU’s BIO 270 and BIO 290 courses. Students are strongly advised to enroll in BIO 290 Human Anatomy at JMU, even if they have taken an anatomy course at another institution. Please see the Health Sciences advising coordinator if you are interested in enrolling in BIO 290.

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