School of Health Sciences

Prerequisite Courses

Please review the Equivalencies Chart located in the right column.

The following courses must be completed with a "C" or better for eligibility to the Occupational Therapy Program. It is the applicant's responsibility to be aware of and take any prerequisites for any of the courses listed below.

Natural Sciences:

Two of these (or equivalent courses if taken elsewhere) must be completed by the January 15th application deadline. For example both lower division anatomy and physiology courses must be completed by Fall if taken elsewhere to count as the equivalent of our upper division anatomy or physiology course.  All must be completed before admission.

  • Pathology (CSU - HSC 381 or equivalent)
    Introduction to medical diagnosis and treatment covering basic concepts and nomenclature of pathology, major diseases of the systems of the body, epidemiology, biopsychosocial concepts, pharmacology, infectious disease, cellular injury and tissue repair, neoplasia, genetic disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, nervous system disorders, and psychiatric disorders.
  • Physiology (CSU -HSC 422/450, BIO 422/423 or equivalent) lab component recommended. Human or vertebrate physiology are preferred.
  • Human Anatomy (CSU - HSC 475/ 457 or equivalent) lab component strongly recommended
    Human cadaver prosection or dissection is recommended.
  • Neurosciences (CSU - HSC 476/478 or equivalent) lab component recommended
    Study of the structure and function of the human central and peripheral nervous systems including vascular components and special senses. Lecture or Laboratory sessions may include human nervous system material in the course atlas, human brain dissections, slides, overheads, and anatomical models.

Social Sciences:

  • Lifespan (CSU - PSY 223 or equivalent)
    Examination of human development; content covering from infancy through old age preferred.
  • Abnormal Psychology (CSU - PSY 345 or equivalent)
    Survey of major psychological disorders and their classification, etiology, and management.
  • Social Science Statistics (CSU - PSY 311, or Math 147 and 347 or equivalent)
    Content should include measures of central tendency, correlations, t-tests, analysis of variance, non-parametric statistics, application of descriptive and inferential statistics to the analysis and interpretation of data in the social sciences, and hypothesis testing.

Medical Terminology - Evidence of completion of medical terminology course or self-study.

School of Health Sciences Prerequisite course listing

HSC 203 - Medical Terminology
Fall, Spring, Summer - on-line

HSC 381 Pathology
Fall, Spring, Summer

HSC 422/450 Physiology/Clinical Service
Fall, Spring, Summer

HSC 475/457 Human Gross Anatomy
Fall, Spring ,Summer

HSC 476/478Neuroscience Systems
Fall, Spring, Summer

BIO 422 Vertebrate Physiology
Every other Spring

Please consult the other Departments for course offerings in Psychology and Biology