With a five-year Master of Occupational Therapy degree offered in Grand Forks, ND, and a satellite campus in Casper, WY, UND’s pre-occupational therapy program provides the building blocks for a career as an occupational therapist. This rigorous program prepares you for the national board exam, in which 99% of UND graduates have passed in the previous three years.
The five-year, entry-level occupational therapy degree is composed of two segments:
- The first two years of the curriculum are considered to be pre-occupational therapy (pre-professional) and include the following courses:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel (with lab)
- Arts & Humanities elective
- College Composition
- Developmental Psychology
- Introduction to Occupational Therapy
- Mechanics of Human Physiology
- Sociological Statistics
Following completion of the pre-occupational therapy coursework, you need to be accepted into the professional component of the master’s degree which consists of three academic years (including two summer sessions). Admission to the program is competitive with consideration given to pre-professional performance in the sciences, general graduation requirements, leadership potential, volunteer work and personal qualifications.
Through the course of your education, you're expected to develop the knowledge, skills and adaptive capacity needed to address occupational challenges inherent to the role of occupational therapist, and the reflective skills needed to sustain life-long learning.
Hands-on learning is emphasized in all stages of your studies. Examples include:
- OT anatomy with cadaver lab
- Computer lab application of therapeutic assistive technology
- Evaluation of infants in “OT baby lab”
- Multiple one-week clinical fieldwork experiences
- Two 3-month supervised internships at medical or community clinics
- Optional 6, 9 or 12-week internships at medical or community clinics
- Clinically-relevant scholarly project developed in the third year of the program
With over 170 fieldwork sites to choose from, you can gain experience in diverse settings and across several age groups.
If you like to participate in activities outside of the classroom, the Student Occupational Therapy Association is an active organization on both campus sites. Pi Theta, an honorary organization promoting scholarship in the field, is active on the Grand Forks campus.
OT practitioners must pass a national examination. Most states also regulate occupational therapy practice.
The total number of UND graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination in 2011-2013 was 119 out of 120, which is a pass rate average of 99%. During that three-year time period, the UND program enrolled 130 students and graduated 120 students. This is an overall graduation rate of 93%.
By becoming a graduate of UND’s Occupational Therapy program, you’ll have the chance to pursue a career in any of the following settings:
- Adult physical rehab
- Rehabilitation in pediatric, adult and geriatric rehab facilities
- Child and adult mental health practice
- Child development
- Public health
- Ergonomics and work evaluation/conditioning
- School-based practice settings
UND graduates are recruited for employment because of their broad knowledge base, communication skills, work ethic and range of entry-level capabilities.
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