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Pre-Occupational Therapy, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code: 2_CN_PREOT
Control number: 37746
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Pre-Occupational Therapy certificate satisfies prerequisite coursework for most all graduate-level programs in this field. The 18-unit certificate program offers students the opportunity to complete the required sciences, social science, and statistics coursework required for entry. The certificate focuses on providing students who want to apply to an occupational therapy master’s degree program certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Students enrolling in this certificate program are either completing coursework in preparation or transfer with a long-term goal of Occupational Therapy graduate programs, or already hold a bachelor’s degree and need additional coursework for their applications.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Name and identify the basic structures of the human body.
  2. Identify biological, social, and developmental stages across the lifespan.
  3. Identify normal and abnormal physiological values. 
  4. Develop an understanding of statistical modeling through the study of and applications to data sets in the social and behavioral sciences.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology3
Total Units18

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general maps for students to finish all requirements for the Certificate. There may be advisories or time requirements that students may want to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology4
or BIOL G221 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
Units8
Course Title Units
Semester 2
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
Units7

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology3
Units7