Pre-Occupational Therapy

A pre-professional MDST concentration...

The MDST concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy, is an applied program of study that builds on students’ interest and skill in working with individuals experiencing short-term or life-long physical, mental, and emotional challenges. Coursework includes interdisciplinary study in psychology, the biological and sports sciences, as well as complementary study in the social sciences. 

CORE PROGRAM 1: Psychological Foundations (19 credits)

PSYC 211 Principles of Stats & Exp Design I (4 cr.) 

PSYC 215 Intro to Physiological Psychology (3 cr.) 

PSYC 228 Life Span Human Development (3 cr.) 

PSYC 337 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.) 

PSYC 346 Behavior Modification (3 cr.) 

PSYC 356 Health Psychology (3 cr.) 

CORE PROGRAM 2: Biological and Sport Sciences (18 credits)

BIOL 254 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr.) 

BIOL 255 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr.). 

WSSD 311 CPR & First Aid (3 cr.) 

WSSD 375 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (3 cr.) 

WSSD 450 Kinesiological & Physiological Foundation of Sport (3 cr.)

WSSD 492 Seminar in Sport Science (1 cr.)

recommended electives:

PHYS 131 Physics w/Algebra (4 cr.)

ANTH 121 Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) or SOCY 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.)

PHIL 120 Intro to Ethics (3 cr.) or PHIL 285 Moral Problems in Medicine (3 cr.)

*students should review all course prerequisites/corequisites/recommendations with an advisor.  Be sure you have a thorough understanding of the concentration expectations prior to registration and/or switching majors.

See: pre-occupational therapy four-year plans 


PSYC 495 Directed Projects or PSYC 400 Cooperative Experience in PSYC


Dr. Elizabeth Thyrum, Associate Professor (Psychology)

Dr. Daniel Keefer, Professor (Wellness & Sport Sciences)