Occupational Therapy Program

MOT Prerequisite Courses

MOT Prerequisite Courses

The following courses are required for entrance consideration into the Master of Occupational Therapy program at USM. Completion of all prerequisite courses prior to applying is not required. Please click here for a list of prerequisite courses currently offered at USM.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “B” (3.0 GPA) or higher from a regionally accredited college or university (Straighterline courses are unacceptable - If you need to confirm accreditation the status of an institution, you may search the Council for Higher Education Accreditation site).

If using an AP credit to fulfill a prerequisite course, the credit must have been completed within 6 years of applying to the program and applicants must complete a petition form for the Program Director to review. Acceptance of AP credits for prerequisite courses will be at the discretion of the Program Director. An AP credit score of 4 is equivalent to a B grade at the college level.


  • Medical Terminology 1-3 credits
  • Neuroscience 3 credits
  • Introduction to Sociology (or an upper level SOC/SBS course) 3 credits
  • Multicultural Human Development (or Developmental Psychology) 3 credits
  • Statistics 3 credits**
  • Abnormal Psychology (or Psychopathology) 3 credits**
  • Introduction to Physics with Lab 4 credits** (online/simulated labs will be assessed at the discretion of the Program Director)
    (or SCI 150 Physics and Biomechanics/no lab 3 Credits)*
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4 credits** (online/simulated labs will be assessed at the discretion of the Program Director)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4 credits** (online/simulated labs will be assessed at the discretion of the Program Director)

*For UNE students only, CHE 125 Introduction to Chemistry & Physics will also count for the Physics prerequisite requirement.

**Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, Physics, A&P I, and A&P II must have been taken within six years prior to applying to the MOT program. Courses taken outside of this date range will need to be retaken or an equivalency exam may be used in its place.


If you received less than a 'B' in any of these courses, you may do one of the following:

  • Use an upper division course within the discipline to satisfy the requirement (advanced SOC, SBS, etc.), having passed with a 'B' or higher
  • Retake the course and pass with a 'B' or higher
  • Take a CLEP, DSST, or UExcel equivalency exam (see the Office for Prior Learning Assessment for more information) and score the equivalent of a 'B' or higher
    • CLEP exam for Human Growth & Development or Introduction to Sociology - score of 58 or higher
    • DSST exam for Principles of Statistics or Lifespan Development Psychology - score of 434 or higher
    • UExcel exam for Abnormal Psychology, Lifespan Development Psychology, or Anatomy & Physiology (lecture only) - test results are expressed as a letter grade of A, B, C, or F

If you have any questions about previous coursework, please send an unofficial transcript for review via email to usm.ot@maine.edu with your specific concerns/questions.

The faculty will consider exceptions to some requirements if a complete and strong case for exemption is made via petition form.

For credit consideration of post-secondary work completed outside the U.S., the country must be represented by a publication of the AACRAO-NAFSA World Education Series (WES). For countries not covered in the series of WES publications, an individual course-by-course evaluation may be done. Acceptance of credits will be limited unless complete course descriptions are available. A “first” or “baccalaureate” degree from another country may not be viewed as the equivalent of a BA/BS degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. For other questions regarding requirements for international students, please visit the Office of Admissions page.


Download the optional MOT pre-req worksheet for your use.

For questions regarding the MOT prerequisites, please email usm.ot@maine.edu or call 207-753-6503.