Prerequisite coursework consists of the required courses and general elective courses. Applicants must earn a C or above in all required courses. Credit/No Credit and Pass/Fail courses do NOT fulfill required prerequisite course requirements. Remedial and technical classes will not be accepted; not all computer courses will transfer as college credit. In order to be considered for admission, the student must have completed at least 24 semester hours of required coursework, including at least 3 semester hours of prerequisite science coursework, by the end of the fall semester in which they apply.

Ninety (90) semester hours of prerequisite coursework, including all required prerequisite coursework, must be completed prior to the start of the MOT program in summer session (June). Of these, at least 6 semester hours must be numbered 300 (junior level) or above. Please be advised that the University of Kansas transfers a maximum of 64 credit hours from accredited community colleges. Credit transferability can be tentatively evaluated through KU’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships Transfer and Earned Credit.


Science (8 or more credits)
The following content must be covered: Biology, Physiology, Human Anatomy, and Anatomy Lab. Lecture courses must be a minimum of three semester hours each. Physiology and Anatomy (with Lab) can be taken as a combined course, for a minimum of five credit hours. Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology (combined) must have been taken within five (5) years of application.

English (6 credits)
English Composition I and II (6 credits) are required prerequisites. An advanced-level (200-level or higher) English course (3 credits) with a writing emphasis is recommended.

Speech/Communication (3 credits)
Fundamentals of Speech or Interpersonal Communication (3 credits) includes an introduction to the study of communication theory, process, and skill with application to interpersonal relations, group interaction and public speaking.

Psychology (6 credits)
General Psychology (3 credits) and Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) are required prerequisite courses.

Human Development (3 credits)
Child or adult development coursework will be accepted for this requirement; lifespan development is recommended. The course may be taken across departments/disciplines such as psychology, human development, sociology, etc.

Sociology (3 credits)
Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology may satisfy this requirement.

Math (3 credits)
College Algebra or higher-level math course is required.

Statistics (3 credits)
An introductory course in Statistics fulfills this prerequisite. The course need not be restricted to a Math department.

Ethics (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Ethics, Bioethics or Medical Ethics will fulfill this prerequisite.

General Electives
Additional elective coursework must bring the total hours to at least 90 when combined with the prerequisites listed above. Applicants may fulfill this requirement with any combination of college-level coursework taken for a letter grade, earning C or higher; however, remedial and technical classes will not be accepted. Recommended courses within the general electives include: biology and physiology labs, additional biological science coursework, physics, kinesiology or biomechanics, professional or technical writing, additional communications coursework, sociology or psychology course focusing on family issues or development, special education, health and wellness, community/public health, sign language, foreign language, hands-on art course, diversity and/or multicultural studies, or additional humanities of interest to the student. We do not make specific suggestions to students regarding general electives. We do encourage you to explore areas of interest and develop areas of study that will strengthen your preparation to enter and participate in our MOT program.

Please contact the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education for the most up-to-date information and guidance by e-mail or by calling 913.588.7195. Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm (Central time zone).

Last modified: Jul 22, 2014