Pre-Occupational Therapy, Associate in Science

This program is designed to prepare students to transfer into a four-year program in Occupational Therapy. Students are strongly encouraged to review the unique admissions requirements for each transfer institution.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Accurately assess knowledge, skills, and abilities in relationship to their educational, career, and/or personal goals.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ANAT 1Human Anatomy with Cadaver Lab4
ANTH 4Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
MATH 16Elementary Statistics4
PHSO 1Human Physiology3
PHSO 2Human Physiology Lab2
PHYS 2AGeneral Physics I4
PSYC 1General Psychology3
PSYC 35Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
SOCI 2Contemporary Social Problems3
Select 3 units from the following:3
Visual Fundamentals: Two-Dimensional Design
Color Fundamentals
Drawing and Composition I
Expressive Drawing I
Landscape Drawing and Painting
Additional Requirements 128
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

Contact an MPC counselor for major preparation at specific institutions.

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
MATH 16 Elementary Statistics 4
CHEM 30A Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences 4
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
ANAT 1 Human Anatomy with Cadaver Lab 4
PSYC 35 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
CSU GE Area C1 3
Electives 2
Year 2
Public Speaking
or Small Group Communication
or Interpersonal Communication
PHYS 2A General Physics I 4
SOCI 2 Contemporary Social Problems 3
CSU GE Area C2 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
CSU GE Area F (US-2 & US-3 Course Recommended) 3
ANTH 4 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
PHSO 1 Human Physiology 3
PHSO 2 Human Physiology Lab 2
CSU GE Area C1 or C2 3
Select three units from the following: 3
Visual Fundamentals: Two-Dimensional Design
or Color Fundamentals
or Drawing and Composition I
or Expressive Drawing I
or Landscape Drawing and Painting
 Total Units60

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.