Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy

Sample Pre-PT/Pre-OT Curriculum*

*This Sample Curriculum is presented ONLY to provide a conceptualization of the requiredcoursework involved.  Factors such as placement testing, course prerequisites, and course availability each semester may determine a student's actual navigation of the program curriculum.  Admission to graduate school PT or OT programs is competitive and is NOT guaranteed.

Applied Health Sciences - Health Science Specialization Checksheet

Applied Health Sciences - Health Science Specialization Degree Planning Guide

First Year, Fall First Year, Spring
BIOL 2050 (5) MATH 1220 (3) MEDT 1010 (1) GSW 1110 (3) Supportive Elective (3) BIOL 2050 (5) MATH 1220 (3) MEDT 1010 (1) GSW 1110 (3) Supportive Elective (3)
First Year, Fall First Year, Spring
BIOL 2050 (5)
MATH 1220 (3)
MEDT 1010 (1)
GSW 1110 (3)
Supportive Elective (3)
BIOL 3140 & 3150 (4)
MATH 1150 (3)
GSW 1120 (3)
PSYC 1010 (4)
Second Year, Fall Second Year, Spring
CHEM 1250 (5)
MEDT 3010 (2)
Health and Wellness Course (3)
Supportive Elective (3)
BG Perspective – Social Science** (3)
CHEM 1270 & 1280 (5)
PHIL 2420 (3)
Administrative Course (3)
BG Perspective – Humanities and Arts** (3)
Third Year, Fall Third Year, Spring
BIOL 3310 (4)
PUBH 3300 (3)
Aging Course (3)
BG Perspective – International Perspective** (3)
Graduate/Medical School Pre-requisite (3)
BIOL 3320 (4)
Administrative Course (3)
Health and Wellness Course (3)
BG Perspective – Cultural Diversity (3)
Graduate/Medical School Pre-requisite (3)
Fourth Year, Fall Fourth Year, Spring
PHYS 2010 (5)
Disease-Related Course (3)
Aging Course (3)
Graduate/Medical School Pre-requisite (3)
Elective (3)
PHYS 2020 (5)
Disease-Related Course (3)
Graduate/Medical School Pre-requisite (3)
Elective (3)

Helpful Hints:

  • The curriculum sequence is very flexible.  This is just a sample of a typical student schedule. Please refer to this Degree Planning Guide and Program Checksheet, and/or work with your Academic Advisor, for additional help.  
  • Your sequence will vary depending on math placement and/or science level.
  • **Some BG Perspective courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities and Arts can double count for the International Perspective requirement, freeing up space for an additional elective course.

Preparing For Graduate School Admission:  A Four-Year Plan

First Year

Academic planning
    See your academic advisor for course selection
    Maintain a strong GPA

Career exploration
Enroll in courses to explore career interests:

  • MEDT 1010
  • NURS 1000
  • GERO 1010
  • UNIV 1310

Utilize resources at the Career Center
    FOCUS survey on MyBGSU
    Explore career manuals

Co-curricular experience
    Build your resume and skills by participating in student organizations, community service, and jobs or internships

Second Year

Academic planning
    See your academic advisor for course selection
    Maintain a strong GPA
Career exploration
    Continue using the Career Center resources
    Meet with a Career Counselor to discuss options and plans
    Maintain an updated resume
    Decide on a potential career path
Co-curricular experience
    Find activities, service, or employment that pertain to your interests
    Set goals for involvement, leadership, and accomplishments

Third Year

Academic planning
    See your faculty advisor for course selection
    Research pre-requisite course requirements for graduate or medical school programs
Post-graduation planning
    Begin researching graduate or medical school programs
    Visit the Career Center for help in graduate school searches
    Foster relationships with professors, supervisors, or advisors who can write your letters of  recommendation
Co-curricular experience
    Serve in leadership positions in activities or employment

Fourth Year

Academic planning
    See your faculty advisor to plan the remainder of your semester schedules
    Enroll in pre-requisite course requirements for graduate or medical school programs
    Apply for graduation (last semester)
Post-graduation planning
    Summer-Fall: Submit applications for medical school (summer before 4th year) or graduate school (fall)
    Fall-Winter: Receive admission notifications or interview invitations for graduate or medical school programs
   By Spring: Decide final plans for school or employment