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Essential Courses


Course # Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology 3 None
BI 121 Biology Lab I 1 BI 105 (corequisite)
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms 3 BI 105 and CH 105
BI 122 Biology Lab II 1 BI 105 and BI 121 (prerequisites)
CH 105 Organic Chemistry Concepts I 3 None
CH 116 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1 CH 106 (corequisite)
CH 106 Organic Chemistry Concepts II 3 CH 105 (with C or better)
CH 118 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1 CH 106
BI 207 Dynamics Of Biological Processes 4 BI 106, CH 106, and CH 232
CH 232 Intro to Inorganic Chemistry 4 CH 105 and CH 116
BI 305 Biostatistics 4 BI 106 or EES 100
ND SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences 4 None
BI 310 Physiology 4 BI 207
BI 367 Comparative Anatomy 3 BI 106 and BI 122; BI 368 (corequisite)
BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory 1 BI 367 (corequisite)
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 None
SO 203 Minority Experience 3 SO 101 or AN 151
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 None
PY 203 Abnormal Psychology 3 PY 101
PY 350 Developmental Psychology 3 PY 101
EN ___ English Course (in addition to CWS) 3 Varies

Important Notes:

  1. Strongly recommend Biological Physics/Lab (offered every other year), Introduction to Ethics, Life Cycle, Social Science Research Methods, as many programs not affiliated with Juniata require these courses. Also recommend applied art (ex. pottery, jewelry-making), Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, Minorities, Aging and Society, Social Problems and Social Welfare, Mental and Physical Handicaps, economics, and foreign language (especially Spanish).
  2. These courses reflect minimal requirements for most schools. Requirements are given for Jefferson School of Health Professions. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  3. This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3+2 program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirements.
  4. Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee., preferably Ms. Sarah May Clarkson.
  5. In addition to your course work it is mandatory to gain experience in occupational therapy either during the school year or over the summer.


Jefferson School of Health Professions

Regular Progression OR 3+2 B.S./M.S.O.T. Program


Classes Credits
Anatomy and Physiology with Labs 8
English (composition and elective) 6
Statistics 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Sociology 3
Cultural Anthropology or Ethnic Sociology 3


Competitive credentials: For accelerated program: High school GPA of 3.35 or higher and total of 1100 or higher in the SAT Critical Reading + Math sections. Juniata and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher with no less than a C in any prerequisite course. Volunteer experience is required. Incoming high school students interested in the 3 + 2 affiliation should have at least 20 hours of volunteer experience. Juniata students need to obtain a minimum of 50 hours of experience in at least two different settings ( inpatient and outpatient facilities)

Helpful websites:
American Occupational Therapy Association -
Thomas Jefferson School of Health Professions - http://

General Information:


*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken. Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone. Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation. Consult with your advisor.


Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
Biology Lab I Organic Chemistry Concepts II (if C or better in OCC I)
Organic Chem Concepts I Organic Chem Lab I
Sophomore Year BI 106 Bi 207
  Intro to Inorganic Chem English course (any semester)
Organic Chemistry Lab II Abnormal Psychology
Junior Year Developmental Psychology Statistics (any semester)
Physiology Anatomy and Lab
American Culture/Ethnic Studies  
GRE Exam Preparation* GRE Exam Preparation

*Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam (NOT required for the 3+2 students)

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata. If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.