Occupational Therapy

Wayne State University offers an excellent Master's degree in Occupational Therapy through the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The PMHSC supports students intending to apply to this program throughout their undergraduate career. Additionally, we encourage and support applications to all programs where the applicant will be competitive. 

WSU students preparing for OT school who would like to receive the communications, services, and support of the WSU PMHSC can elect to join our Pre-OT database. This database assigns students a Pre-OT attribute code (POT) which also allows us to track our pre-OT population and to develop support programs that will enhance student success.

Opt Into Pre-OT Attribute

Students must earn a bachelor's degree prior to beginning this program. While the admissions committee does not prefer one major over another, it is important to pick a major that allows you to achieve excellent grades while working on the program prerequisites. All program prerequisites for WSU's program must be completed with a C (2.0) or better with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and science prerequiste GPA.  Additional requirements for admission are outlined on the WSU program site.  Keep in mind that other OT programs may have different grade minimums and prerequisites.  

Science Prerequisites

BIO 1510 (with lab) 4 cr.
BIO 2870 (with lab) 5 cr.
KIN 3580 3 cr.
Pathophysiology (see advisor for options) 3 cr.

Non-science Prerequisites

ENG 1020 3 cr.
ENG 3010 3 cr.
PSY 1010 or 1020  4-3 cr.
PSY 2400 4 cr.
PSY 3310 4 cr.
STA 1020 or PSY 2030 3 - 4 cr.
COM 1010 3 cr.
PS 1010 4 cr.
Social Inquiry (SI) course (cannot be PS 1010) 3-4 cr. 

Many of these courses may also be taken at the community college or other four year schools.  Here is an equivalency table with the appropriate courses available at other schools within the state of Michigan.

All interested applicants are encouraged to attend an information meeting. The meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Please sign up prior to attending. 

There are other OT programs within the state of Michigan. Each program may have different requirements for admission and it is the student's responsibility to research those various requirements.

Most OT programs participate in a centralized application system called OTCAS. The website has helpful tips and suggestions as well as detailed instructions about the application process. It is the student's responsibility to educate themselves about the application and its various deadlines.