Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy at UH Mānoa

Occupational Therapists (OTs) use purposeful, everyday activities as a means to help people who have physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities achieve independence. OTs work with other health care providers to evaluate patients and develop plans and goals to prevent or minimize disability and to help patients acquire skills necessary for productive and satisfying lives.

Click here to learn more about the field of occupational therapy, such as how to become a licensed OT.  

Click here to learn about the required prerequisites, getting relevant experiences, researching occupational therapy schools, and the GRE. 

Click here to learn about the application process for occupational therapy school and financial aid opportunities.

Learn More About Occupational TherapyAmerican Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Researching SchoolsAccreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
(List of schools located within the AOTA website)
Entrance ExamsGraduate Record Examination (GRE)
ApplicationsOccupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
InterviewsSample Interview Questions
Financial AidWestern Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
EngagementHawaii Pre-Health Career Corps
The Pre-Health Career Corps (PHCC) is a free year-round program for Hawaii high school and college students who are interested in health careers. Its purpose is to increase awareness about health careers, provide mentoring, shadowing and research experiences, and provide campus exposure to health careers.

Text compiled from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) website, NAAHP’s Medical Professions Admission Guide: Strategy for Success, and the UHM 2017-2018 Catalog.