Pre-Occupational Therapy

Department: Pre-Professional Programs

The USC Upstate Pre-Occupational Therapy program is an advisement track within the exercise and sport science degree program. The only occupational therapy degree program in South Carolina is offered by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). MUSC offers a 26-month curriculum leading to a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences: Occupational Therapy.

Occupational Therapy Program Admission

A bachelor’s degree and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required for admission to the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences: Occupational Therapy at MUSC. Students entering the program are evaluated based on GRE scores, undergraduate academic performance and successful completion of prerequisite courses. A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required.

MUSC also assigns credit for volunteer/work experience. In order to obtain credit, applicants must complete 30 hours in occupational therapy and obtain a confidential volunteer/work evaluation form documenting their service and performance.

MUSC Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences: Occupational Therapy Prerequisites:
Mathematics U102 or Psychology U225 (Statistics)
Biology U243 + Lab (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
Biology U244 + Lab (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)
Psychology U302 (Developmental Psychology)
Psychology U310 (Abnormal Psychology)
Sociology or Anthropology

Note: Pre-Admission Certification - First Aid and CPR American Heart Association, Basic Life Support course for Health Care Providers must be completed before the start of classes.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has more information on occupational therapists.

Contact Us

Pre-Physical Therapy & Pre-Occupational Therapy: 
Ben Snyder
Program Coordinator 
Exercise and Sports Science