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Prerequisite Courses

Please download JMU Prerequisite Equivalency Request Form for questions concerning equivalencies of courses from other colleges for the required prerequisites for admission to the Occupational Therapy Program. When completed email to JMU OT Admissions Committee

Please allow 6 weeks for review.

  1. Applicants may be enrolled in a maximum of three prerequisite courses during the spring semester prior to the start of the Occupational Therapy program. The courses must be completed by the end of spring semester.
  2. If an applicant takes Anatomy and Physiology at a community college, the student must achieve at least a grade of “B” (3.0). .

An applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree must complete the following prerequisite courses:

BIO 270. Human Physiology

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

ANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology

HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics, or
PHYS 140. College Physics + 140 L, or
KIN 407. Rehab Biomechanics, or Kinesiology 306 + L

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics, or
HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research

PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development

PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

HTH 408. Research Methods

HTH 210. Medical Terminology

Three additional credits in social sciences acceptable classes include:

SOCI 140. Individual in Society

SOCI 110. Social Issues in a Global Context

The JMU OT Program requires BIO 270- Human Physiology (4 credits with lab) and BIO 290- Human Anatomy (4 credits with lab) as prerequisites.

  • To meet the human anatomy and physiology requirement,  courses taken at other universities or colleges must
    • Include both lectures and labs.
    • Include both Anatomy & Physiology I and II.
  • Helpful tips for student taking anatomy and physiology outside of JMU. These are recommendations, but not requirements
    • Students are strongly advised to enroll in an in person Human Anatomy course [opposed to an online one].
    • Labs including human models [cadaver or plasticine] will prepare you more effectively than animal models.
    • Courses organized around a regional perspective vs. a systems perspective are more similar to the JMU format.

The transfer guide for all Virginia Community College System Equivalents [VCCS] courses that will transfer in to JMU can be found at


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