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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Most South Carolina students interested in Occupational Therapy consider the Master of Science (M.S.) program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Students must have completed their bachelor's degree prior to enrollment at MUSC.

In evaluating applicants for admission, MUSC considers the following three criteria important:

  • Score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Courses taken and grades in those courses—the higher the GPA the better, with a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of the applicant’s interest in Occupational Therapy demonstrated by volunteer or work experience in hospitals or similar settings where Occupational Therapists are needed

Recommended Coursework

To best prepare for the application process, most students choose a biology or psychology major and complete the courses listed below:

  • Biological Science (BIO 121, 4 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 215-216, 8 hours)
  • General Chemistry I (CHE 113, 4 hours)
  • Precalculus (MAT 150, 4 hours)
  • Applied Statistics (MAT 200, 3 hours)
  • General Psychology (PSY 120, 3 hours)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 230, 3 hours)
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