Occupational therapy is a health, education and human service profession. Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with people of all ages to enhance their performance of important everyday activities (occupations) despite the effects of illness, disability, or injury.

Occupational Therapists (OT):

  • Utilize a variety of strategies and is a skilled problem solver who is committed to finding ways to enable people to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives
  • Deal with an individual’s physical well being
  • Address psychological, social, and environmental factors

This unique perspective makes OT an important part of a health care program. With an OT, a client works to improve her/his ability to participate fully in activities of daily living. A client’s work with an OT may be closely coordinated with that of a physical therapist, speech/language therapist, social worker, and/or teacher as all of these fields involve improving an individual’s ability to participate in everyday occupations.

Occupational Therapy Occupational Outlook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
Human Understanding One course: ANTH 100/200/315/340, ETST 200, ETST/JTC 316, IE 270A, AGRI 270, IE/PHIL 550, PHIL 204/205, SOC 100/205, or SPCM 305/306
Lifespan Development One course: HDFS 101
Introduction to OT OT 110
Medical Terminology OT 215
Statistics One course: STAT 201, STAT 204, STAT 301, STAT/ERHS 307, STAT 310
Abnormal Psychology PSY 320
Physiology BMS 300 + 302
Human Anatomy BMS 301
Brain and Behavior PSY252, PSY 458, PSY 454, or BMS 345 (CSU only)
Physics (some programs) PH 121