Choosing an Undergraduate Major

Physical and occupational therapy schools do not usually require students to complete specific majors during their undergraduate years of schooling. However, there are specific prerequisites that should be completed in order to be admitted into a professional school and many benefits to selecting a biology, psychology, or physics major as you pursue success in the physical and occupational therapy fields, including: 

  • Pre-requisites for most professional programs often favor and lean heavily toward science majors. 
  • Often times, PT and OT schools look for students who have already completed an ample amount of job-shadowing in their respective fields. The School of Science at IUPUI provides students with the guidance, teaching and resources necessary to fulfill these requirements. By studying science at IUPUI, students have opportunities to work, learn and participate in research in the School of Science, IU Med School, and five leading hospitals surrounding IUPUI's campus. 
  • Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue professional schooling.