Why study pre-occupational therapy?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

As an incoming freshmen, you can earn your Doctor of Occupational Therapy in just six years! With a six-year program offered in Grand Forks, ND, and a satellite campus in Casper, WY, UND's pre-occupational therapy program is composed of two segments:

The first three years of the curriculum are considered to be Pre-Occupational Therapy (pre-professional) and include the following courses:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • Arts & Humanities elective
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • College Composition
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Public Speaking
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

Following completion of the Pre-Occupational Therapy coursework, you need to be accepted into the Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) program 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 individuals face in meeting their daily needs such as self-care, driving, home management, employment and leisure activities. You'll develop critical thinking and reflective skills needed for success in UND's occupational therapy doctorate program and life-long learning in a rewarding career.

For more information on the Occupational Therapy program at UND, visit the School of Medicine & Health Sciences..

Pre-Occupational Therapy at UND

  • Hands-on learning emphasized in all stages of your studies, including anatomy with cadaver lab.

  • Connect with classmates in the Student Occupational Therapy Association and Pi Theta, an honorary organization.

  • Two three-month supervised internships at medical or community clinics

  • Multiple one-week clinical fieldwork experiences

  • Clinically-relevant scholarly project developed in third year of the program.

Occupational Therapy Careers 


Expected job growth for occupational therapists through 2026

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Median pay for occupational therapists after earning your professional or doctoral degree

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Courses