The following courses are required prerequisites for enrollment in the professional occupational therapy courses. All prerequisite courses must be complete at the time of application to the occupational therapy graduate program.
BIOS 2110 - Human Anatomy
BIOS 2400 - Human Physiology
HSV 2250 - Growth, Development, and Aging
PSY 1000 - General Psychology
PSY 2500 - Abnormal Psychology
MDSC 2010 - Medical Terminology
STAT 366- Data Analysis for Biosciences OR STAT 1600 - Statistics and Data Analysis
Prior to the first semester of the professional program, admitted students are required to either:
Pass the Information Literacy for Healthcare Professionals Proficiency Exam with a score of 75% or above
Enroll in and successfully complete HSV 3650 - Information Literacy in the Healthcare Sciences during the first semester
The graduate professional program consists of 98 semester hours in the following areas:
- Completion of 72 hours of professional academic occupational therapy education
- Completion of 12 hours of Level I Fieldwork
- Completion of 6 hours of Level II Fieldwork
- Completion of 8 hours of a Capstone Project
This 98-hour sequence of professional education coursework is designed to prepare students to be entry-level general occupational therapy practitioners following the successful passing of the OT certification exam.
Fieldwork Level I requirement:
Students will provide occupational therapy evaluation and treatment to clients in the community under the supervision of a faculty member. A group supervision model is used to facilitate peer learning. Students will have three placements in Level I clinics/sites.
Fieldwork Level II requirement:
Two 3-month, full-time fieldwork sessions are required before completing the final capstone project. Western Michigan University utilizes fieldwork sites primarily in Michigan and the midwest states with some sites throughout the United States.
Under the guidance of a Capstone Coordinator, students will design and implement a 14-week doctoral capstone experience in one of the following specialty tracks: Teaching, Research or Advanced Practice. This will occur after successful completion of their final 12-week Fieldwork Level II requirement.