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Pre-Occupational Therapy (Concentration)

The concentration in pre-occupational therapy prepares you for graduate study in the field. Fieldwork and classroom learning build a foundation of knowledge necessary for students to pursue a career helping people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in their lives or restoring independence after an injury, illness, disability or psychological dysfunction.

The minimal entry-level degree for practice as an Occupational Therapist is a clinical master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. The Concentration in Occupational Therapy is designed to prepare students by completing the prerequisite courses that allow them more success when applying to graduate programs. Students completing the concentration must also complete the requirements of a major prior to graduation. While a student may complete any major with the concentration, many students interested in Occupational Therapy have majored in Biology, Health Science, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, or Psychology, and many of the courses required for the concentration are also required for completion of these majors.

In addition, Assumption has established agreements with graduate schools to provide a smooth transition from your undergraduate degree to a Master’s program in Occupational Therapy at Western New England University or Regis College.

Program Contact

Gary R Senecal, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Human Services
508-767-7590 Switzer Building - Room 112

All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • Required Courses
    HRS 125 Professional Orientation to Physical and Occupational Therapy (Spring)
    HRS 345 Occupational Therapy: Occupation, Theory, Intervention and Assessment Across the Lifespan (Fall)
    BIO 160 Concepts in Biology (Fall/Spring)
    BIO 240 Human Anatomy (Fall)
    BIO 370 General Physiology (Spring)
    PSY 101 General Psychology (Fall/Spring)
    PSY 216 Abnormal Psychology (Fall/Spring)
    HRS 121 Human Development and Disability (Fall/Spring)
    PSY 224 Statistics (Fall/Spring)
    SOC 121 OR ANT 131 Principles of Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology

    One of the two HRS courses listed below:

    HRS 490 Internship in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies (if HSRS Major-12 Credits) HRS 400 Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies (if non-HSRS Major-3 credits)

    Course Descriptions

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