Central Washington University (CWU) does not offer a degree program in Occupational Therapy or Pre-Occupational Therapy. "Pre- Occupational Therapy" is a non-degree advising program through which a student can prepare for admission to a professional Occupational Therapy program at another institution. CWU does offer prerequisite courses necessary for successful admission to such a program.
There are four universities in Washington and Oregon that offer degrees and professional training in the field of Occupational Therapy: Eastern Washington University, University of Washington, University of Puget Sound, and Pacific University. All of these programs grant graduate degrees and therefore require students to have a bachelor's degree before admission.
Requirements for admission vary among the professional schools. The information contained in this handout should serve as a general summary of those requirements. For general information about the Occupational Therapy profession, employment outlook, and professional training programs through out the U.S., visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website (http://www.aota.org). More detailed information about each of the above programs, as well as information about other schools, is available from the Pre-Occupational Therapy advisor or by visiting the internet web sites noted in this handout.
Take some time to study these pages, and then make an appointment with the Pre-Occupational Therapy advisor to discuss Pre-Occupational Therapy in general, prerequisite coursework, scheduling, and choice of a major.
The Pre-Occupational Therapy advisor here at CWU is:
Dr. Susan Lonborg
Department of Psychology
480 Psychology Building
|Human Anatomy and Physiology*||BIOL 355 and BIOL 356|
(EXSC 250 and 351 can substitute at EWU and UPS)
|General Chemistry||CHEM 111 or 181 including lab|
(PU will accept EXSC 250 as substitute)
|PHYS 111 and 111 lab|
|General Psychology||PSY 101|
|Developmental Psychology*||PSY 313 or 314|
|Abnormal Psychology*||PSY 449|
|Principles of Sociology||SOC 107|
|Statistics*||PSY 362 or MATH 311 or BIOL 213|
|English Composition or Technical Writing*||e.g. ENG 310|
|Public Speaking (EWU only, recommended)||COM 207|
|Intro. to Occupational Therapy (EWU only)||contact EWU|
|Medical Terminology (EWU, PU only)||contact EWU/PU|
For specific information (philosophy, prerequisites details, GPA requirements, length of program, admissions, application material, costs, scholarships, etc.) about the Washington and Oregon programs, be sure to visit the following web sites:
Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
Occupational Therapy Assistants work under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist. OTAs must complete a two-year education program, usually offered at a community college. In Washington, there is only one such program.
Green River Community College
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