Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapists provide people with the skills they need to live independent and satisfying lives. Occupational Therapists assist clients in performing activities of all types, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking, eating, and driving. Occupational therapist's services typically include: customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities, comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations, performance skills assessments and treatment, adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training, and guidance to family members and caregivers.
A Bachelor's Degree is required prior to beginning the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program.
Pre-Occupational Therapy is considered a designation at Texas Tech University; it is not a major. Pre-Occupational Therapy students take the required courses in order to apply to an occupational therapy program. Pre-Occupational Therapy students have the option to major in any area they choose as long as they take the prerequisite courses required to enter an occupational therapy program along with the courses needed to earn a degree at Texas Tech University.
Prerequisite courses needed for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program:
Texas Tech University
Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS)
|ZOOLOGY 2403||BIOLOGY 2401, 2101, 2301|
|ZOOLOGY 2404||BIOLOGY 2402, 2102, 2302|
|PHYSICS 1403 OR ESS 3301 (BIOMECHANICS)||PHYSICS 1401, 1101, 1301|
|ENGLISH 1301||ENGLISH 1301|
|ENGLISH 1302||ENGLISH 1302|
|PSYCHOLOGY 1300||PSYCHOLOGY 2301|
|SOCIOLOGY 1301||SOCIOLOGY 1301|
|MATH 2300||MATH 1342, 1442, 2342, 2442|
Applicants are expected to have some knowledge of the occupational therapy profession. This can be acquired in several ways: volunteer work, paid employment, and /or observation in occupational therapy settings/ services. It is in the best interest of the applicant to have completed at least 40 clock hours, preferably in two different settings prior to the application deadline for the program. Applicants are also encouraged to become familiar with the occupational therapy profession by exploring the professional literature and online sources.
Frequently check with the programs to which you plan to apply prerequisites and/or application procedures can change.