Master of Occupational Therapy

Admission Requirements

Pre-Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy Department offers a five-year entry level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Degree. Occupational Therapy as a profession is based on the belief that occupation, including its interpersonal and environmental components, may be used to prevent and mediate dysfunction and elicit maximum adaptation. UND has two campuses offering the Master's of Occupational Therapy degree. The main campus is located in Grand Forks, ND, and the satellite is located in Casper, WY.  For information regarding the program, the website is: http://www.ot.und.edu

The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). For information regarding accreditation, contact ACOTE at (301) 652-2682, or ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449. The website is www.acoteonline.org  All basic professional programs must comply with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, 2011. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national entry-level certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; phone 301-990-7979). After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; state licenses may be based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain State Licensure.

A pre-OT student typically spends the first two years as a pre-major at the University of North Dakota to complete the program prerequisites. In the beginning of the sophomore year when the student is completing the required courses as listed below, he/she must make written application for admission to the professional occupational therapy program. The CLEP in natural sciences will not meet the Biology and Chemistry requirements in Occupational Therapy. Students should carefully check all CLEP exams for potential acceptance at UND. A student must have at least a C in all prerequisite courses. The student must also obtain a minimum of a C in all professional level courses.

The following courses are required to be taken prior to professional program:

ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 130Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
BIOL 150
150L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
4
or BIOL 151
151L
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
CHEM 115
115L
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
4
or CHEM 121
121L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
MATH 103College Algebra3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 241Introduction to Statistics *4-3
or SOC 326 Sociological Statistics
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 270Abnormal Psychology3
ANAT 204Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel3
ANAT 204LAnatomy for Paramedical Personnel Laboratory2
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
PPT 301Human Physiology4
OT 200Introduction to Occupational Therapy2
Arts and Humanities Electives **9
Total Credits57-56
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As a prerequisite for PSYC 241 Introduction to Statistics, student needs to take MATH 103 College Algebra .

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When completing Arts and Humanities courses, it is required that the nine credit hours be in two departments and you must have a minimum of three credits in fine arts as part of the requirements of the Essential Studies program at the University of North Dakota. You also want to ensure that you have fulfilled the global diversity requirement. More information on Essential Studies graduation requirements can be found at: http://www.und.edu/dept/registrar/EssentialStudies/esindex.html.

Admission Requirements

Professional Program

Admission to the professional program in occupational therapy is on a competitive basis with consideration given to pre-professional performance in the sciences, general graduation requirements, leadership potential, volunteer work and personal qualifications. Each application is thoroughly reviewed. This review includes the applicant’s academic record (must have minimum overall GPA of 2.75 based on a 4 point scale), pattern of withdrawals, incompletes, etc., elective coursework, volunteer and/or work experience, references, essay and a personal interview.

A prerequisite for admission to the UND Professional Program at the Year I level will be 60 hours of observation and 45 of those hours must be with a professional occupational therapy supervisor and should be distributed over the three required areas (Psychosocial, Physical Dysfunction, Pediatric).

Year III Professional Program

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog. Admission to the School of Graduate Studies requires:

  1. Acceptance into the Professional Occupational Therapy program.
  2. Successful completion of OT Professional Year I and II.
  3. Completion of the School of Graduate Studies application forms.
  4. Overall GPA of 2.75 or a 3.0 in both junior and senior years.
  5. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  6. Letter of endorsement from the Chair or Graduate Director of the Department that assures automatic advancement in status from the undergraduate program to the graduate program. The letter of endorsement will be written for students in good academic and professional standing in the program.

It is important to be aware that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination or to attain state licensure as an Occupational Therapist. You will be asked to respond to the following questions when registering for the NBCOT exam:

  • Have you ever been charged with or convicted of a felony?
  • Have you ever had any professional license, registration or certification revoked, suspended or subject to probationary conditions by a regulatory authority or certification board?
  • Have you ever been found by any court, administrative or disciplinary proceeding to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct, which resulted in harm to another?

Information regarding NBCOT’s process of screening applicants for Character Review may be found at: www.nbcot.org. If you have any questions, the department will assist you in this process.

Many fieldwork facilities are requiring proof of immunizations, drug testing, fingerprints, and/or criminal background checks. It is the responsibility of the student to check the fieldwork information and to pay the cost for each process.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of General Studies Degree with Health Studies Option

  The Bachelor of General Studies Degree with Health Studies Option will be available to occupational therapy students who:

1. Have completed their pre-OT work either at UND or at another institution, and have not earned a previous baccalaureate degree.

2. Have successfully completed the first two years of the OT professional sequence. The BGS degree would normally then be awarded at the end of Professional Year Two, prior to beginning the Graduate School career, if the student has completed all general UND university graduation requirements, including:

1. 120 total credits,

2. A minimum of 30 from UND,

3. 36 credits upper-level credits,

4. All essential studies requirements met (http://und.edu/academics/essential-studies/).

Students seeking the Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Occupational Therapy Department.

To maintain graduate student status, the professional level Year III student is required to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 for all work completed in Year III. Students who were previously on academic or professional probation will be dismissed from the School of Graduate Studies if placed on one additional probation within the professional program.

M.O.T Curriculum Sequence

PLAN OF STUDY GRID
Professional Year 1
Summer
OT 422Anatomy Occupational Therapy5
OT 426Personal/Professional Development1
Credits6
Fall
OT 423Fundamentals of Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy3
OT 425Occupational Therapy with Infants and Pre-School Children4
OT 427Orientation to Occupational Therapy Theory3
OT 428Quantitative Research Methods-O.T.3
OT 431Medical Science I2
Credits15
Spring
OT 424Muscle Function in Health and Disease4
OT 429Occupational Therapy with School Age Children and Young Adults4
OT 430Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults4
OT 432Medical Science II3
OT 433Group Leadership Skills in Occupational Therapy2
OT 438Practicum: Children/Adolescents1
Credits18
Professional Year 2
Summer
Elective Only Semester:
OT 488Elective Fieldwork in Occupational Therapy3-9
OT 497Cooperative Education1-6
OT 593Teaching Experience in Occupational Therapy1-3
Credits1-9
Fall
Schedule A
OT 454Gerontic Occupational Therapy2
OT 456Psychosocial Aspects of OT with the Maturing Adult4
OT 458Qualitative Research Methods for Occupational Therapy3
OT 460Introduction to Management and Leadership2
OT 463Psychosocial Dysfunction Seminar and Practicum Integration3
OT 469Interprofessional Health Care (Schedule A or B)1
Credits14-15
Schedule B
OT 452Assistive Technology I3
OT 453Physical Aspects of OT with the Maturing Adult5
OT 458Qualitative Research Methods for Occupational Therapy3
OT 460Introduction to Management and Leadership2
OT 462Physical Dysfunction Seminar and Practicum Integration3
Credits17-18
Spring
Schedule A
OT 451Multicultural Competency in Occupational Therapy3
OT 452Assistive Technology I3
OT 453Physical Aspects of OT with the Maturing Adult5
OT 461Management in the U.S. Healthcare System2
OT 462Physical Dysfunction Seminar and Practicum Integration3
OT 480Introduction to Scholarly Writing in Occupational Therapy1
Credits16-17
Schedule B
OT 451Multicultural Competency in Occupational Therapy3
OT 454Gerontic Occupational Therapy2
OT 456Psychosocial Aspects of OT with the Maturing Adult4
OT 461Management in the U.S. Healthcare System2
OT 463Psychosocial Dysfunction Seminar and Practicum Integration3
OT 469Interprofessional Health Care (Schedule A or B)1
OT 480Introduction to Scholarly Writing in Occupational Therapy1
Credits15 or 16
Fall and Spring Semester Electives:
OT 489Independent Projects1-3
OT 490Occupational Therapy Seminar1
OT 493Workshop1-12
OT 494Directed Study in Occupational Therapy1
OT 496Community Experience1-4
OT 497Cooperative Education1-6
OT 593Teaching Experience in Occupational Therapy1-3
Credits1-12
Professional Year 3
Summer
OT 585Fieldwork in Psychosocial Dysfunction9
or OT 587 Fieldwork in Physical Dysfunction
Credits9
Fall
Schedule A: On-Campus Required Core Courses:
OT 504Occupation and Vocation3
OT 507Innovative Management and Leadership3
OT 509Principles of Education in Occupational Therapy3
OT 515Integration of Occupational Therapy Theory3
Credits12
Schedule B: Fieldwork
OT 585Fieldwork in Psychosocial Dysfunction9
or OT 587 Fieldwork in Physical Dysfunction
OT 995Scholarly Project in Occupational Therapy2
or OT 997 Independent Study
OT 589Readings in Occupational Therapy1-2
Credits12-13
Fall Electives:
OT 493Workshop1-12
OT 508Therapeutic Procedures and Modalities in Occupational Therapy2
OT 582Graduate Practicum1-3
OT 593Teaching Experience in Occupational Therapy1-3
OT 599Special Topics in Occupational Therapy1-2
Credits1-12
Spring
Schedule A: Fieldwork
OT 585Fieldwork in Psychosocial Dysfunction9
or OT 587 Fieldwork in Physical Dysfunction
OT 995Scholarly Project in Occupational Therapy2
or OT 997 Independent Study
OT 589Readings in Occupational Therapy1-2
Credits12-13
Schedule B: On-Campus Required Core Courses
OT 504Occupation and Vocation3
OT 507Innovative Management and Leadership3
OT 509Principles of Education in Occupational Therapy3
OT 515Integration of Occupational Therapy Theory3
Credits12
Spring Electives
OT 493Workshop1-12
OT 508Therapeutic Procedures and Modalities in Occupational Therapy2
OT 582Graduate Practicum1-3
OT 589Readings in Occupational Therapy1-2
OT 593Teaching Experience in Occupational Therapy1-3
OT 599Special Topics in Occupational Therapy1-2
Credits 1-12
Total Credits185-256

Studies

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Department reserves the right to cancel a track and/or elective courses due to finances, staffing issues, or low enrollment. Electives are scheduled based on student interest and faculty resources. Class size may be limited.

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
1.800.CALL.UND
Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382