Pre-Occupational Therapy

So what should you major in at TAMUCC? A common myth is that you have to major in a science degree as a Pre-Occupational Therapy student; however, this is not true. We recommend that you choose a degree based on your interests. It is important to choose a major based on your academic interests rather than one that you think looks good to occupational therapy schools. Choose a major that you are passionate about, whether it is a major in Liberal Arts, Business, Health Sciences, or something else entirely, completing the prerequisites for occupational therapy schools can be accomplished. Certain degrees may cover the pre-occupational therapy prerequisites; however, occupational therapy schools also accept students who show broad interests in their academic coursework through a non-science major. Major in any subject you want!

If you would like to major as a Pre-Occupational Therapy student follow this degree plan:

CAMPUS RESOURCES

University Counseling Center 361-825-2703

  • Individual walk-in support M-F 8-5 PM in the Driftwood Building
  • Counselor on Duty Hours M-F 9-11:30 AM & 1-4 PM
  • After Hours Crisis, call 361-825-2703 and press 2 to be connected to the Emergency counselor
  • Self Help Resources

OTHER RESOURCES

  • AOTA has a list of accredited programs on their website. Use this to research programs before you apply

APPLICATION SERVICES

OTCAS & OTCAS FAQ 

As of 2015 the following Texas OT programs use OTCAS: UT El Paso, UT Health Science Center - San Antonio, UT Medical Branch - Galveston, UT Rio Grand Valley / UT Pan American University 

  • Many out-of-state schools also use OTCAS. For other schools check with individual schools admissions pages for application and personal statement instructions
  • Most OT programs do not have secondary application and fees. Check with individual schools to confirm.
References should come directly from the evaluator to OTCAS, unless otherwise instructed by your designated OT program. Evaluators can send References to OTCAS electronically or by using a paper Reference Form that can be printed from the OTCAS application.

The personal statement is a critical component of your application to OT school, as the personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, it is important to take it seriously. The statement must be personal. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee hear from you and understand who you are. Take advantage of the opportunity to express your commitments, motivations and values

  • Occupational Outlook
  • The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public. Its web site has general information on occuational therapy, useful links, and discussion of current events. 
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy guidebook by Accredited Schools Online