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BSHS Concentration 2, Pre Occupational Therapy – Accelerated

This concentration area will prepare students to apply for early entrance into the ISU three-year Occupational Therapy Program.

Students pursuing this concentration will complete General Education Objectives, the B.S. in Health Science Core courses, and the prerequisite courses for admission into the Occupational Therapy Program during their first three undergraduate years and will apply for accelerated entry during the fall semester of their 3rd year. Students who are accepted for accelerated entry (competitive and limited number) will complete the first pre-professional year of the Occupational Therapy Program, while concurrently completing the 4th and final year of the B.S. in Health Science. Grades lower than a B during the pre-professional year may prevent admission into the MOT program. 

Successful students would then complete two more years within the graduate Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Students pursuing this concentration who are not accepted into the accelerated cohort may take additional courses during their 4th year to complete the B.S. in Health Science and apply to a graduate program in occupational therapy.

Required Courses

General Education Objectives (min 36 cr) 36
BS in Health Science Core 20-24

Accelerated Occupational Therapy Concentration (46 cr)**

ANTH 2238
(Satisfies General Education Objective 9)
Peoples and Cult of New World 3
BIOL 3302/3301
& 3302/3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
CHEM 1111
& 1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
(The two sets of courses above satisfy General Education Objective 5)
ENGL 1101 English Composition 3
MATH 1153
(Satisfies General Education Objective 3)
Introduction to Statistics 3
PSYC 2225 Child Development 3
PSYC 3301 Abnormal Psychology I 3
SOC 1101
(Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)
Introduction to Sociology 3
Five additional liberal arts courses (3 credits each) such as but not limited to economics, ethics, fine arts, foreign language, history, humanities, literature, and philosophy 15

**Some Pre-Occupational Therapy Accelerated Concentration courses can also meet General Education Objectives.

Apply to the Pre-Occupational Therapy Accelerated Program during fall semester of junior year.

Pre-Professional Year (if accepted into the program) (34 cr)

Fall Semester
BIOL 4474 Human Anatomy OT and PT 5
PTOT 4421 Self Exploration 3
PTOT 4404 Generic Abilities 3
PTOT 4412 Professional Communication 2
PTOT 4413 Occupational Therapy Profession 3
Spring Semester
PTOT 4401 Clinical Kinesiology & Biomechanics 4
PTOT 4402 Clinical Neuroscience 5
PTOT 4403 Fieldwork Seminar 1
PTOT 4404 Generic Abilities 1
PTOT 4421 Self-Exploration in Occupation 3
PTOT 4422 Occupational Performance 3
PTOT 4442 Occupational Performance Lab 1

Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

  1. In order to apply, a student must meet the following qualifications:
    1. Be an enrolled student at Idaho State University with junior standing and a declared major in Health Science within the Division of Health Sciences.
    2. Have a plan of study showing completion, by the end of the current academic year, of all BSHS-required courses and all OT prerequisite courses.
    3. Have a minimum overall ISU GPA of 3.0 for all courses completed through Summer semester of the preceding academic year.
    4. Have completed MATH 1153 and CHEM 1111 (and associated lab) with a minimum grade of “B” in each.
    5. Have a minimum of 40 hours of observation/volunteering within the profession in two different practice settings.
    6. Have three letters of reference: one from an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who served as a supervisor for a portion of the observation/ volunteering hours required above, one from an academic teacher or advisor, and one from a person acquainted with the student who is able to testify to the nature of the student’s character (employer, clergy, etc.). No letters from relatives of the student are acceptable.
    7. Have completed an application prescribed by the MOT program.
  2. Complete applications for this concentration must be received by the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy administrative office by the close of business on September 30 (or by the close of business most closely preceding that day if September 30 falls on a day when the university is closed). Applications received after this deadline are not considered.
  3. The maximum number of students who may be selected for this concentration is announced annually by the MOT program director by September 15 but will not exceed seven students in any given year.
  4. Qualified applicants are interviewed by a panel of occupational therapy faculty members.
  5. Selection of individuals for this concentration is made by the OT Admissions Committee. Some examples of the pieces of data considered by the committee in making its decision (without limiting the committee’s options to consider any data) are:
    1. GPA
    2. Neatness and completeness in filling out the application
    3. Completion of MOT program prerequisites at the time of application (versus "planned" or "in progress" courses)
    4. Volunteering/observation hours beyond the minimum required
    5. Completion of recommended prerequisite courses (physics and technical writing)
    6. Quality of ability and character as portrayed in the letters of reference
    7. Information and recommendations resulting from the interview process
    8. Information from the application essay including (but not limited to) quality of writing skills, achievement of special honors, and participation in community activities

Pre-Occupational Therapy (Accelerated) Concentration Application Form

Documentation of Observation Hours Form