Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Pre-Occupational Therapy 2010-2014

Degree: Masters of Occupational Therapy

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American Occupational Therapy Association


Required Courses for the Occupational Therapy Application

A bachelor's degree is required.

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

Natural Science: To include Human Anatomy & Physiology and Physics (strongly recommended)- 18 quarter credits

Science courses should be taken within the last 7 years.

BI 231, 232,& 233 Anatomy and Physiology (prerequisite BI 112 will also count toward science credits)

General Physics (PHY 201) or Kinesiology  (not offered at PCC) is strongly recommended



At least 2 additional credits
Social Sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Government, Business, or Economics (courses should address individual and group patterns of thought and behavior) Must include courses in human development and abnormal psychology. -18 quarter credits

PSY 201A or 202A Intro. to Psychology

PSY 215 Human Development

PSY 239 Abnormal Psychology

Additional courses from PSY, SOC, ATH, PS, BA, or EC
18 or more
Expository Writing 4.5 quarter credits

WR 121 & 122 English Composition

WR 222 is Highly Recommended



Humanities: Courses from 2 areas-Literature, Religion, History, Philosophy, the History or Appreciation of Art, Music, or Theater -9 quarter credits ART 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 211, 212, 213, COMM 100, ENG 104, 105, 106, 108, 109, 195, 197, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 211, 213, 240, 250, 253, 255, 257, 258, 260, 261, 275, HUM 201, 202, 203, 230, PHL 201, 202, 204, 205, 208, 221, 222, R 210, HST 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 218, 225, 240, 270, 274, 276, 277, 278, 279, 285 9 or more
Medical Terminology MP 111 Medical Terminology 4
Statistics MTH 243 Statistics 5



Enrollment in the professional program is limited to 30 students per class and admission is highly selective. In making admission decisions, the School of Occupational Therapy Admission Committee reviews the application and considers many factors including:

  • Interpersonal and self-management skills, which include the ability to assume responsibility for one's own personal and professional development
  • Academic performance: prerequisite courses are considered most critically
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • Letters of reference
  • Evidence of observation and understanding of the role of occupational therapy services for clients across the age span and in multiple arenas of practice, including:
    • Rehabilitation
    • Mental Health
    • Public Schools
  • Completeness of application forms and the care expended in preparing their content
  • General knowledge and self-generated interest in the study of human occupation (the way people use their time in self care, work and leisure activities)

Based on the criteria listed above, selected applicants are invited for on-campus interviews. The on-campus interview process is required and is a major factor in the admission decision. It allows the applicant the opportunity to assess her/his "fit" with the program and also allows the admission committee to assess essential skills and traits that may not be reflected in the application. In the interview, the committee considers:

  • Knowledge of the breadth and scope of the profession
  • Motivation for pursuing a career in occupational therapy
  • Interpersonal and interactive skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Verbal expression of ideas
  • Ability to articulate personal values and beliefs regarding issues of "health"

This is a Graduate Degree. Students must also complete coursework for university admission, general education requirements, and BA/BS requirements. Meet with a PCC Academic Advisor to develop an effective transfer plan that will meet your individual needs.

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Last updated: September 2013