Prerequisite Courses

Students will complete 12 prerequisite courses in the first two years, or the pre-professional phase, of the BS/MS program.

Students must complete 8 prerequisite courses prior to applying to the professional program, and must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all prerequisite courses and a minimum GPA of 2.8 in all prerequisite courses to be eligible to apply to the professional portion of the program. These must include OT 201, ES 207, STA 119, and PHY 101. The remaining prerequisite courses must be completed before entering the professional program. Please note that courses may be offered online or in hybrid format due to COVID restrictions and social distancing requirements. Please see UB Student Computer Standards for all virtual classes.

Course Number

Course Title


OT 201 Orientation to Occupational Therapy 3

ES 207

Fundamentals of Human Form and Function *V


STA 119

Statistical Methods


PHY 101 College Physics 4

PHI 237

Social and Ethical Values in Medicine


PSY 101

Introductory Psychology


SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology


SOC 211

Sociology of Diversity


PSY 322

Abnormal Psychology


PGY 300

Human Physiology


NSG 250

Human Growth and Development


OT 217

Medical Terminology *V


Comparative Primate Anatomy (APY 345/346) is not required but is highly recommended.

*V - Virtual course.

UB Curriculum Requirements

In addition to the prerequisite courses, you will complete UB’s Curriculum requirements in preparation for the professional sequence of the program.

Advisement for Freshmen and Sophomores

Schedule an appointment with an advisor from the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) each semester to make sure that you are on track with the courses you need to apply to the Occupational Therapy Program.

Advisement for Transfer Students and Newly Declared Majors

If you have transferred to the BS/MS program from another college or university outside of UB, or are a current UB student in a different major and want to change to occupational therapy, contact OASA at or (716) 829-5000.

Students can also self-schedule an appointment.