Occupational Therapy

To print a copy of this information, click on this link: preoccupational_therapy_curriculum_rev_8-2013.pdf

The Major

The “preoccupational therapy curriculum” is just a list of courses that are required for admission to an occupational therapy program. It is NOT an academic major, a minor, or an emphasis area.

Even if you plan to apply to Occupational Therapy (OT) school after taking only the courses required for admission (minimum of 72 hours for the program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center), you need to declare an academic major at USM.

OT schools do not require a particular major. Although many pre-OT students at Southern Miss choose a major in the College of Health’s School of Human Performance (such as Therapeutic Recreation), other majors are acceptable including those in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, or business. Students should select the major in which they feel the most comfortable and in which they would like to work if they are not accepted into OT school.

Students wishing to pursue Occupational Therapy (OT) in Mississippi apply to the three year Master’s program at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, typically after taking two or more years to complete an OT preprofessional curriculum, for example at Southern Miss.

Preference is given to Mississippi residents; out of state residents will be considered.

Visit the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) web pages for more information about OT schools:

Link to main page:  http://www.aota.org/

Link to student resources:  http://www.aota.org/Students.aspx

Requirements for Applicants

The following list of Required Courses meets only the minimal requirements for admission to the three-year professional program within the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Link to UMMC SHRP: http://www.umc.edu/shrp/

Link to Occupational Therapy: http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Master_of_Occupational_Therapy/Master_of_Occupational_Therapy_Home.aspx

Preference is given to Mississippi residents; out-of-state applicants will be considered only if there are positions available after all qualified Mississippi applicants are accepted.

Following satisfactory completion of all requirements for this professional program, students will be awarded the Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Mississippi.

Students must consult the specific admission requirements and application deadlines for the school(s) to which they plan to apply, including UMMC.

  • English composition (2 courses; 6 hours)
  • speech (1 course; 3 hours)
  • college algebra, quantitative reasoning, or higher mathematics (1 course; 3 hours)
    NOTE:  Students must take MAT 101 (College Algebra) because it is a prerequisite for MAT 103 (Trigonometry); MAT 103 is a prerequisite for PHY 111/L
  • statistics (elementary, behavioral, or introductory) (1 course; 3 hours)
  • social or behavioral science (2 courses; 6 hours)
  • general psychology (1 course; 3 hours)
  • child psychology or adolescent psychology (1 course; 3 hours)
  • human growth and developmental (1 course; 3 hours)
  • humanities and fine arts (3 courses; 9 hours)
  • general biological sciences with laboratories (2 courses; 8 hours)
  • anatomy and physiology with laboratories (2 courses; 8 hours)
  • general chemistry with lab (1 course; 4 hours)
  • physics with lab (1 course; 4 hours)
  • introduction to sociology (1 course; 3 hours)
  • electives (3 courses; 9 hours)

Students must provide evidence of 16 hours observation in at least two occupational therapy clinical departments at the time of application.

Observation must be done with either an occupational therapist or a certified occupational therapy assistant. It is up to the individual student to set up his or her own observation hours.

There is a “Verification of Observation Form” on the UMMC Master of Occupational Therapy website that applicants will have to use in order to certify the number of observation hours.

http://www.umc.edu/uploadedFiles/UMCedu/Content/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Occupational_Therapy/Admissions/OTOBSERVATIONFORM_001.pdf

Suggested Course Sequence & Strategies for Success

The suggested course sequence below is merely a guideline to complete the courses required for the UMMC Occupational Therapy program in a timely manner. Courses to fulfill the major must be worked into the student’s schedule.

Students must consult the USM Undergraduate Bulletin, the USM Class Schedule Guide for each semester, and their academic advisor. Some courses may be offered in specific semesters (Fall or Spring only) or on a rotating cycle.

YEAR 1

Fall Spring  
BSC 110&L a4 h BSC 111&L a4 h 
CHE 106&Lb 4 hMAT 103d3 h 
MAT 101 OR MAT 100c3 hPSY 110 g 3 h
ENG 101 e 3 hENG 1023 h
One required coursef  3 hOne required coursef  3 h

a, The order in which students take the introductory Biological Sciences (BSC) courses does not matter; BSC 110/L covers molecular and cellular topics whereas BSC 111/L covers ecology and organisms.

b, Students enrolling in CHE 106&L must have passed high school chemistry or passed CHE 100 at USM. CHE 100 is required when the chemistry background is not adequate. Students may enter CHE 100 directly, if they choose. Students enrolled in CHE 106/L will take a test about two weeks into the class to determine if they should remain in CHE 106/L. If they do not meet the minimum score, these students are strongly recommended to move to a CHE 100 class, which is offered at the same time as CHE 106.

c, Placement in mathematics (MAT) courses depends on the student’s ACT subscore.

Calculus is required for most majors in the College of Science and Technology (CoST), but is not required for OT school or for majors outside of CoST.

  • ACT mathematics subtest score 19 or below:  must take MAT 99 (Intermediate Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 20 or above:  MAT 101 (College Algebra)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in College Algebra):  MAT 103 (Trigonometry). NOTE:  Trigonometry is a prerequisite for Physics I and pre-OT students are advised to take MAT 103.
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 24 or above (or grade of C or better in Trigonometry): MAT 114 (Calculus for the Arts and Sciences)
  • ACT mathematics subtest score 26 or above:  MAT 167 (Calculus I)

Students directly entering Calculus (MAT 114 or MAT 167) can use this course to satisfy the UMMC math requirement.

d, MAT 103 is a pre-requisite for PHY 111/L

e, Placement in English Composition courses depends on the student’s ACT English subscore.

  • ACT English subtest score 16 or below:  ENG 99E (Expanded Composition Studio) and ENG 100E (Composition I expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 17-19:  ENG 100E (Composition I expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 20 or above:  ENG 101 (Composition 1)

f, Required courses:

  • one (1) Fine Arts course (select from ART 130, DAN 130, MUS 165, THE 100)
  • two (2) Humanities courses (select from HIS 101, HIS 102, PHI 151, REL 131);  if a student is pursuing a baccalaureate degree from Southern Miss, one Humanities must be a HIS course.
  • two social sciences courses; one must be SOC 101
  • one speech course, CMS 111
  • sufficient elective hours to achieve a total of 60 hours of acceptable transfer credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses).

g, PSY 110 is a prerequisite for the two upper level PSY courses taken in the second year.

Strategy for Success

  • Students should focus on doing well in their academic studies, particularly the required science and math courses.
  • Students could start getting some hands-on exposure to occupational therapy. Students must provide evidence of 16 hours observation in at least two occupational therapy clinical departments at the time of application.
  • Students may join AED (Alpha Epsilon Delta), the national Health Preprofessional Honor Society, as associate members at any time even if they do not fulfill the requirements for full membership (must be enrolled at Southern Miss for a minimum of three semesters and meet specific course and GPA requirements). Full members are inducted during the Spring semester.
    Information and links to AED Full and Associate Member applications are available on the Southern Miss Preprofessional website: http://www.usm.edu/science-technology/alpha-epsilon-delta

YEAR 2

Fall Spring 
BSC 250/Lh  4 h BSC 251/Lh  4 h
PHY 111/Ld 4 h Advanced psychology coursei3 h
Advanced psychology coursei 3 h3 required coursesf 9 h
One required coursef 3 h  

h, Students may take one pure Human Anatomy course with lab and one Human Physiology course; otherwise, students must take a combined Anatomy and Physiology course with lab for a year (two-semester sequence). The order in which students take BSC 250/L and BSC 251/L does not matter.

i, Human Growth and Development (=Developmental Psychology PSY 275) is required, but the second PSY course can be Adolescent Psychology (PSY 372) or Child Psychology (PSY 270).

Strategy for Success

  • Students should focus on doing well in their studies.
  • Students could start getting the 16 hours observation in at least two occupational therapy clinical departments
  • Students may join AED (Alpha Epsilon Delta), the national Health Preprofessional Honor Society, as associate members at any time even if they do not fulfill the requirements for full membership (must be enrolled at Southern Miss for a minimum of three semesters and meet specific course and GPA requirements). Full members are inducted during the Spring semester.
  • The Application Process could begin in the second year. (See below for application process)

Applicants must have completed a total of 60 semester hours of required pre-OT courses. To do so by December of the second year, students would have to take some courses during the summer semesters of the first and second years.

YEAR 3

Fall Spring  
Classes to fulfill major, etc.15-18 h Classes to fulfill major, etc.15-18 h 

Strategy for Success

  • Students should focus on doing well in their studies.
  • Students must provide evidence of 16 hours observation in at least two occupational therapy clinical departments at the time of application.
  • The Application Process must begin this year. (See below for application process)

Applicants must have completed a total of 60 semester hours of required pre-OT courses.

The Application Process

The application process must begin in the Fall semester of the second or third year. Applications to UMMC program can be accepted starting on July 1 of the year previous to when you plan to attend. The application deadline for the summer entering class is on January 15th of the year you plan to attend. Applications are considered once a year with one OT class being admitted a year for the program that begins each summer.

Students apply online directly to the UMMC School of Health Related Professions: https://myu.umc.edu/irj/portal/anonymous?NavigationTarget=ROLES://portal_content/Guest/GuestiViews/GuestHowToApply

  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 72 hours of academic credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Applicants interviewed and accepted typically have a higher GPA.)
  • A minimum grade of C is required on each course accepted for transfer.
  • If a course is repeated, both grades are used in calculating the GPA.
  • An interview with the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee is required.

The Interview

Students are advised to practice their interview skills BEFORE attending their first interview.

For More Information about a Career in Healthcare, Contact the Preprofessional Office

The Healthcare Preprofessional Office is located in Bobby Chain Technology Building (TEC) Room 103.

Website: http://www.usm.edu/science-technology/preprofessional

Phone number: 601.266.4741

Mailing address:

Healthcare Preprofessional Office
College of Science and Technology
118 College Dr., #5165
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Preprofessional Assistant:

Ms. L. Machell Haynes
601.266.4741
ladonna.haynes@usm.edu

Preprofessional Advisor:

Dr. Jeffrey Evans, Preprofessional Advisor
601.266.4883
jeffrey.evans@usm.edu