Occupational Therapy Requirements

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

  • Occupational Therapists utilize everyday activities (occupations) to help people of all ages develop skills and strategies to participate in the things they want and need to do in their everyday lives.
  • There is no particular major required for occupational school although a strong background in science is highly recommended. It is the applicant's responsibility to research each school and review recommended coursework in addition to verifying the prerequisites listed below. Application dates and deadlines may vary.
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree is required for admission, along with the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).
  • Resources:
Courses U of M Course # of hours required by University of Tennessee Health Science Center 
Anatomy & Physiology BIOL 2010/2011
BIOL 2020/2021
General Biology BIOL 1110/111 4
Additional Science Course CHEM 1110/1111
**See Note Below**
Kinesiology ESMS 3405* or ESMS
Statistics EDPR 4541, SCMS 2710,
MATH 1530, SOCI 3311,
MATH 4611
General Psychology PSYC 1030 3
Human Growth and Development EDPR 2111 3
Abnormal Psychology PSYC 3102 3
Sociology/Anthropology/Social Psychology Any SOCI or ANTH course or PSYC 3106 3
Scientific Terminology CLAS 3021 or HMSE 2000 1 - 3 (an online course is acceptable)
English Composition ENGL 1010
ENGL 1020
Communication COMM 2381 3
Humanities Recommended/not required 9
Electives See Advisor for options Need to earn a minimum of 90 total hours

*Non-ESMS majors should contact Ms. Kathy Walker (kwalker1@memphis.edu) for a permit.

** Chem 1110/1111 is highly recommended as this course is a prerequisite for Biol 1110/1111.