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Occupational Therapy Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Use the fillable AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide  with the information below to plan your path to completing this pre-major. 
  • Click on “print degree planner” for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn Bachelor of Arts or Science degree. Occupational Therapy is a post baccalaureate, graduate level professional program leading to a Master’s degree. Students must complete graduate course work, supervised, clinical fieldwork and be licensed in the state to practice. Provided students meet program prerequisites, they are encouraged to major in any liberal arts degree of interest. For more information:



What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 PSYC 230 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120 . Strongly recommended: MATH& 146 .

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Strongly recommended: CMST& 220 .

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses. Strongly recommended: CHEM& 121  or CHEM 171  and CHEM 181 ; BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 241 , BIOL& 242 .

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences . Strongly recommended: PSYC& 200 , PSYC& 220 ANTH& 206 .

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended: HIIM 134 , PSYC& 100 , PSYC 208 , take courses that apply toward an academic major for your bachelor degree.

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Career Planning


Occupational Therapy Faculty Advisors

Leoned Gines
206-546-4543 lgines@shoreline.edu Rm 2815
Judy Penn
206-546-4782 jpenn@shoreline.edu Rm 2807
Joyce Fagel
206-546-6984 jfagel@shoreline.edu Rm 5229

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. While completing the Bachelor degree in a major of your choice, continue to take remaining prerequisite courses and pursue health care and other experiences to become a strong candidate. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.) For more information contact The American Occupational Therapy Association at www.aota.org/

Major Information General Transfer Information
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
University of Puget Sound http://tinyurl.com/h7yqx8s
University of Washington - Seattle https://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Transfer/

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy helps people with injuries, illness or disabilities to live better, fuller and productive lives. Occupational Therapists analyze and assess human movement, neurological development, performance, motivation and human environments to develop therapeutic goals and treatment plans for individuals. They often specialize in working with children and adolescents or in the fields of geriatrics, mental health, disabilities and/or physical rehabilitation.

Areas of study in Occupational Therapy: Neuroscience, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Physical and Industrial Rehabilitation, Human Behavior, Therapeutic Communication, Performance Analysis, Mental Health Care, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Community Based Health Care, Leadership and Management, Health Care Policy, Professional and Medical Ethics.

What can I do with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists develop strong critical thinking, assessment, problem solving, communication and technical skills that can be applied to a number of health care settings. Occupational Therapists provide direct patient care, conduct research, develop health care policies, teach, promote wellness, and provide leadership in the health care field.

Potential employers include: Hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, nursing homes, home health care, colleges and universities, government agencies, non-profit organizations, business, industry and private practice. For more, please visit career information and resources at http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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