Why earn a doctorate in occupational therapy?

Application Deadlines
Dec. 20

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.) program is based on the belief that purposeful activity (occupation) may be used to prevent and mediate dysfunction and elicit maximum adaptation.

Through the O.T.D. program, you'll develop the knowledge, skills and adaptive capacity needed to address occupational challenges. Specifically, you'll be trained to:

  • Customize and implement treatment programs to improve an individual's ability to perform daily activities and occupations.
  • Provide comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations.
  • Conduct performance skills assessments and treatment.
  • Make adaptive equipment and splints, provide recommendations and usage training.
  • Provide guidance to family members and caregivers.

The O.T.D. degree is offered at two campus locations, at our main campus in Grand Forks, ND and satellite campus in Casper, WY.


UND's Pre-Occupational Therapy program is recommended for all incoming freshmen interested in OT. The three-year program provides the building blocks in your application to the O.T.D. program.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate at UND

  • Gain real-world experience through practicums, fieldwork and teaching opportunities.

  • Develop a career plan with consultation from your assigned departmental faculty member.

  • Connect with those who share your passion through the Student Occupational Therapy Association.

  • Be a leader and connect with others through numerous community service opportunities.


Occupational Therapy Careers 


Annual median pay for occupational therapists

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Projected job growth for occupational therapists through 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational therapists are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and injury. They can be found working in the following environments:

  • Community mental health agencies
  • Home health services
  • Hospitals
  • Industry
  • Nursing homes
  • Occupational therapy outpatient clinics
  • Schools
  • Wellness facilities

UND Occupational Therapy Alumni

Occupational Therapy alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Sanford Health
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Regions Hospital
  • Aegis Therapies, Inc.
  • Altru Health System

Accredited Occupational Therapy Program

The Occupational Therapy Program received Candidacy Status through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). For information regarding accreditation, contact ACOTE at 301.652.AOTA, or 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.

The national entry-level certification examination for occupational therapists is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT, One Bank St., Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, 301.990.7979). Once accreditation has been granted, graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapists, administered by NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually 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.


Occupational Therapy Courses