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Master of Occupational Therapy (OT)

 Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses must be completed prior to admission into the MOT Program. Applicants who have at least 75% of prerequisite coursework completed or in progress at time of application may be admitted on a conditional basis pending satisfactory completion of the remaining courses (grade of “C” or higher) prior to beginning the MOT Program.

Many of these prerequisites are available online at UC (noted below).  If you would like to enroll in these courses at UC, please fill out and submit the non-matriculated OT form.

Content Area


Examples of UC Equivalent Course Options

Anatomy and Physiology



Minimum 6 semester credits - Can be taken as separate course or combined. Both anatomy and physiology content must include all human body systems. A gross anatomy lab is highly recommended but not required.

BIOL 2001C

BIOL 2002C

HLSC 4015C

Neuroanatomy / Biological Psychology

Minimum 3 semester credits covering human brain structure and function. No lab required.

HLSC 4020 (online)

PSYC 2070 (online)

PSYC 3024



Minimum 3 semester credits covering the properties, effects, and therapeutic value of the primary agents in major drug categories

HLSC 3014 (online)

Lifespan Development


Minimum 3 semester credits or a combination of coursework that covers the lifespan – physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial human development

PSYC 2040 (online)

(previously PSYC 2005 & PSYC 2007)

Abnormal Psychology

Minimum 3 semester credits. Coursework covering the spectrum of mental illness.

PSYC 2051 (online)

Sensation / Perception

Minimum 3 semester credits covering stages of processing of the senses in human systems, such as vision, auditory, vestibular, and pain senses.

PSYC 2030 (online)


Minimum 3 semester credits - Basic college level statistics course.

STAT 1031 (online)

Medical Terminology

Medical terminology course related to medical / health professions.

HLSC 2012 (online)


Minimum 3 semester credits covering study of the structure and function of biological systems.

HLSC 3020 (online)

Healthcare Ethics

Minimum 2 semester credits.

HLTH 2011

HLSC 2011 (online)

English Composition

Minimum of 3 semester credits.

ENGL 1001

ENGL 2089

Sociology or Anthropology

Introductory course. Minimum of 3 semester credits

SOC 1001

ANTH 1001


Introductory course. Minimum of 3 semester credits.

PSYC 1001


The following courses may be taken after acceptance into the MOT program but must be completed prior to beginning MOT coursework. They are offered online at UC through the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Introduction to Occupational Therapy


Minimum of 3 semester credits that includes content on the history of occupational therapy, AOTA Code of Ethics and Core Values, and Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.

HLSC 3061

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Advanced level anatomy. Minimum 3 semester credits

HLSC 2021C (online)


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Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-7477
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Accreditation Status Update

UC is currently in the Applicant Stage of accreditation (completing candidacy application – ACOTE Step 1) and, as part of that process, we're developing the curriculum, admissions standards, and other elements of the program. For additional information on accreditation, please see ACOTE’s Prospective Applicant Letter.

Wondering what courses you'll need before you start the MOT program?  Use this document to determine if your courses are equivalent to UC's.

Prerequisite Course List Equivalents MOT

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