Pre-Professional Program Requirements (Three Years)*
During the first three (pre-professional) years of the BS/MSOT program—freshman, sophomore and junior years—students must complete a minimum of 96 credits.
Grade Point Average
Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.7 by the end of their junior year, with no more than 12 credits of D grades. If a student repeats a course, both grades (non-passing and repeat) will be counted in calculating the overall GPA. The highest grade, however, will be considered as the final grade received in the course. No course may be repeated more than once. Cumulative GPA will include Boston University courses only.
Seven prerequisite courses must be completed:
- Human Anatomy (CAS BI 106)*
- Human Physiology (CAS BI 211)*
- Statistics (CAS MA 113 is preferred; CAS MA115 or CAS PS 211 are acceptable)**
- Developmental Psychology (CAS PS 241)**
- Psychology of Personality (CAS PS 251)**
- Abnormal Psychology (CAS PS 371 or SAR HP 412)**
- Gross Human Anatomy (BS/MSOT students must take SAR HS 369 or HS 581 at Boston University to fulfill this requirement).*
*These courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
**These courses must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better.
Sargent Core Curriculum And OT-Prefix Courses
Students must obtain a minimum grade of C in the Sargent Core Curriculum and OT-prefix courses:
- SAR HP 151 Introduction to the Health and Rehabilitation Professions
- SAR HP 252 Health and Disability Across the Life Span
- SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
- SAR OT 317 Professional Preparation Seminar for OT
The Occupational Therapy program does not require but does recommend that students complete the Sargent ethics requirement (CAS PH 251 Medical Ethics or CAS PH 452 Ethics of Health Care). The ethics course may be applied to meet the Human Occupation requirements in the area of Health, Illness and Disability Studies.
Human Occupation Courses
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits in courses related to human occupation, designed to provide a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge base. The courses are grouped into three categories reflecting important themes in occupational therapy. At least two courses should be taken in each of the three content areas described below. Please meet with your advisor to review your course selection each semester to make sure your courses meet one of the categories.
- Category I – Cultural and evolutionary influences on occupation: Approved courses in this area are all of those courses offered by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) in Anthropology, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, unless otherwise listed in Category II or III below.
- Category II – Processes contributing to human activity performance: Approved courses in this area are all of those offered by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) in Psychology (other than those that are OT program prerequisites: PS 211, PS 241, PS 251, PS 371, or SAR HP 412) and selected courses from the School of Education (visit the OT Office blackboard course site for complete list of approved courses)
- Category III – Health, illness, and disability studies: Approved courses in this area are posted on the OT Office blackboard course site and offered in several different departments and programs including College of Arts & Sciences (CAS: Economics, Philosophy, and Sociology), School of Education (SED), Sargent College (SAR), and School of Public Health (SPH).
Because these courses may change during the years that a student is completing BS requirements, an updated list of approved courses is generated and distributed each year. Some courses taken to fulfill human occupation requirements may also fulfill distribution requirements (see “Distribution Requirements”).
Two courses in expository composition (CAS WR 100 and CAS WR 150) are required.
Students must complete a minimum of 20 credits in courses outside their area of study. These must be distributed among at least 3 of the following divisions:
- Humanities division
- Social sciences division
- Mathematics division and computer science division
- Modern language division other than literature courses
- Natural sciences division
NOTE: CAS PS 101 (social sciences) and CAS BI 105 (Introductory Biology) count toward distribution requirements.
Minors in a different discipline must be completed by the end of the junior year.
Students may select a variety of electives from across the University. A maximum of 3 credits of Physical Education (including CPR and First Aid) will be accepted toward the 96 credits required by the junior year.
Repeating Pre-Professional Courses
Students may not repeat more than two of the following courses: the seven prerequisites and OT 317.
Full participation in the academic and clinical portions of the occupational therapy programs requires ability to perform a set of essential skills. A list of the Boston University Essential Functions for OT can be found on the program website at www.bu.edu/sargent.. Applicants who anticipate difficulty performing one or more of these functions because of a disability are encouraged to consult with the Boston University Office of Disability Services (www.bu.edu/disability) to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations in both classroom and fieldwork aspects of the degree program.
Once students begin the professional portion of the program (senior year), they must meet all the academic standards and requirements of the MSOT program.
Please see our many helpful PDF downloads on the right side-bar including our BS/MSOT Information Booklet (10+ pages of information), Virtual Tour (BU Sargent College classrooms and facilities), and Meet our Faculty (faculty expertise and interests). If you have further questions, please contact BU Undergraduate Admissions (http://www.bu.edu/admissions/) or an Academic Counselor at BU Sargent College’s Academic Services Center (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-2713).