does it take to become an occupational therapist?
As stated on our Home Page, “occupational therapy
is a rewarding career choice because of the opportunity
it affords to make a positive difference in people’s
lives. Helping people of any age learn to recover from life’s
challenges and relearn the ‘skills for the job of
living’ is profoundly unique.” If you are considering
occupational therapy as a career, realize that personal
qualities such as a strong motivation towards helping others,
honesty, responsibility, initiative, and adaptability are
We suggest that, in considering occupational therapy as
a career, you reflect on the following:
- Obtaining a Master’s of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
degree will involve intellectual, physical, emotional,
social, and economic commitments.
- Your goals in life will need to accommodate continuing
education and life-long learning. Both are required to
maintain competency in providing occupational therapy.
Applicant must be eligible for admission to the University
of North Dakota or currently enrolled at UND.
Admission to the Professional Program in OT requires
- Completion of the
pre-professional program with a minimum 2.75 GPA
(based on a 4.0 scale)
- Completion of 60 hours of volunteer
- Completion of the online application form, including
letters of reference, written essay (click
here for essay instructions), and volunteer information
Admission is also contingent on a successful personal
interview with the Admissions Committee.
The application packet consists of the application itself,
letters of reference, a personal statement, and a volunteer
work verification form.
- The application forms are completed online through
the UND Graduate School and submitted
electronically (see below).
- Three (3) recommendations are required, preferably
from professors, supervisors, or professionals with
whom you have worked. (submitted through the online
- A written essay (click
here for essay instructions)
Acceptance to the program is on a competitive basis,
with consideration given to:
- Overall GPA and science GPA
- Personal Interview
- Leadership potential
- Volunteer work
- Reference letters
here to download additional information and deadlines
for application in the 2012/2013 school year.
To apply for admission to the UND OT Program, click the link
below and follow the directions given to electronically submit
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Applicants must complete the required criminal background
check following the offer of admission
but prior to enrollment. 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.
Verified Credentials is the Minneapolis-based
company that will conduct the check. You may access
Verified Credentials through the link below.
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to Graduate School-Year III Professional Program
Acceptance to the Graduate
- Acceptance into the professional Occupational
- Successful completion of professional OT Program
Year I and II
- Completion of the Graduate School application
- Letter of endorsement from the Chair of Occupational
Therapy/or Graduate Director which assures automatic
advancement in status from the undergraduate program
to the graduate program.
Graduate Student Status
- 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