A student seeking a career in occupational therapy should plan on completing the first two years at the university as a health science major with emphasis in behavioral sciences. The curriculum has been designed to meet the admission requirements for the last two years at the University of Illinois Medical Center program in occupational therapy. A student could also plan on completing a degree in health science or psychology and continue his or her education in an entry level master's degree program in occupational therapy. Graduates from these programs are qualified to sit for the American Occupational Therapy Association Certification Examination.
Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.