Occupational therapy programs are highly competitive and have limited seats available in each entering class. Students wishing to pursue degrees in this area should have strong undergraduate GPAs, a solid background in the physical and nature sciences, and have several hours of practical and/or shadowing experience. Students can begin their preparation for these programs while in high school by completing four units of English; three units of mathematics, including geometry and algebra I and II; two units of foreign language; two units of natural science; two units of social sciences and one unit of speech.
There are limited occupational therapy programs available in the state of Missouri. Missouri State University does not currently offer a program in occupational therapy, but has proposed plans to begin offering the Master of Occupational Therapy in the summer of 2015. Students can find a complete listing of all available occupational therapy programs on the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website.