Course Sequence

Your advisor can help you review and determine a course sequence that works best for you. You should plan to talk with an advisor before declaring OT as your intended major, and then to meet with your advisor each semester.

You can schedule an appointment with an advisor from the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) via sphhp-oasa@buffalo.edu or (716) 829-5000.

The OT curriculum was recently revised. The following is a general sequence of courses for the revised curriculum. Students enrolled in OT should refer to their handbook for details for their cohort. 

Pre-professional Component

Year 1: First Semester (15 credits)

  • UB Seminar (3)
  • ENG 105 Communication Literacy 1 (4)
  • PHY 101 College Physics (4)
  • STA 119*  Statistical Methods (4)

Year 1: Second Semester (16 credits)

  • ES 207 Human Form & Function (virtual) (4)
  • PHI 237** Social and Ethical Values in Medicine (3)
  • PSY 101 Introductory Psychology / TP 1 (3)
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SOC 211 Sociology of Diversity / TP 2 (3)

Year 2: Third Semester (14 credits)

  • OT 217 Medical Terminology (virtual) (1)
  • PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PGY 300 Human Physiology (4)
  • OT 201 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3)
  • Global Pathway 1 GP 1 (variable)

Year 2: Fourth Semester (15 credits)

  • Thematic Pathway TP 3 (3)
  • NSG 250*** Human Growth and Development (3)
  • Global Pathway GP 2 (variable)
  • Global Pathway GP 3 (variable)
  • CL 2 Communication Literacy 2 (3)

*Also acceptable: PSY 207

**Also acceptable: PHI 101, PHI 107, PHI 217

***Also acceptable: PSY 336

Also acceptable for the Diversity Requirement: SOC 322, APY 106, APY 275, APY 276, ARC 211. This would, however, require a change in the Thematic Pathway.

Start of the Professional Sequence

Year 3: Summer (6 credits)

  • ANA 407 Gross Anatomy (6)

Year 3: Fall (19 credits)

  • OT 333 Occupational Development Across The Lifespan (4)
  • OT 341 Analyzing and Writing Scientific Literature (3)
  • OT 382 Issues in OT Service Delivery (3)
  • OT 342 Neuroscience Across the Lifespan (3) 
  • OT 344 Neuroanatomy (virtual) (1)
  • OT 355 Medical Conditions I (2)
  • OT 361 Functional Anatomy (3)
  • OT 366 Occupational Therapy Process (3)

Year 3: Spring (18 credits)

  • OT 352 Assistive Technology (3)
  • OT 356 Medical Conditions II (3)
  • OT 417 Neurorehabilitation Across the lifespan (4)
  • OT 420 Fieldwork Seminar I (1)
  • OT 450 Orthotics and Prosthetics (3)
  • UBC 399 Capstone (1)

Year 4: Summer (5 credits)

  • OT 402 Group Process and Interpersonal Skills (4)
  • OT 472 Level I Fieldwork A (1)

Start of the Graduate Component of the Professional Sequence

Year 4: Fall (15 credits)

  • OT 520 Fieldwork Seminar II (1)
  • OT 535 Medical Evaluation and Intervention: Neurological and Cognitive (4)
  • OT 536 Medical Evaluation and Intervention: Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary, Integumentary and Oncology (3)
  • OT 572 Level I Fieldwork B (1)
  • OT 575 Project Guidance I (3)
  • CHB 550 Public Health and Population Well Being (3)

Year 4: Spring (15 credits)

January - March

  • OT 547 Home-based Evaluation and Intervention (3)
  • OT 548 Community and Vocational Evaluation and Intervention (3)
  • OT 573 Level I Fieldwork C (1)
  • OT 576 Project Guidance II (2)

April - June 

  • OT 620 Level II Fieldwork A (6)

Year 5: Fall (17 credits) 

  • OT 555 Educational Evaluation and Intervention (4)
  • OT 566 Occupational Therapy for Underserved Populations (4)
  • OT 574 Level I Fieldwork D (1)
  • OT 577 Project Guidance III (3)
  • OT 586 Management and Administration (2)
  • Advanced Elective (3)

Year 5: Spring (12-14 credits)

January - March

  • OT 587 Applied Management and Administration (virtual) (2)
  • OT 621 Level II Fieldwork B (6)               

April - May                             

  • OT 589 Special Topics for Advanced Practice (1-3)
  • OT 618 Professional Development (3)

*Sequence of courses is subject to change.