Admission: Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program
The UND Occupational Therapy Program is available at the main campus in Grand Forks, N.D., and on the campus of Casper College in Casper, Wyo.
OTD Information Packet
We have been granted Candidacy Status through Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. We will be processing our applications through OTCAS. The OTCAS application will be available July 18, 2019, for students interested in applying to start the program fall semester 2020. The deadline to submit applications will be December 20, 2019. Detailed instructions for the OTCAS application and UND supplemental application can be found at OTCAS.
We will be holding two rounds of interviews for positions in the OTD program at UND for entry in fall of 2021. To qualify for the first interview round, your application must be complete by November 1, 2020, with interviews taking place January 8 and 9, 2021. For your application to be considered complete for the first round, all parts of the application must be completed including transcripts, which must be received by OTCAS; and all current and future classes you are taking must be listed in OTCAS by the November 1, 2020, deadline. All pre-requisite courses must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of C or higher by the end of the spring semester 2021.
Applications for the second interview round are due December 20, 2020, and interviews will be held February 12 and 13, 2021.
Each qualified applicant will be granted one interview. Interviews will be conducted by video conference call.
The Occupational Therapy Department at UND values diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply to our program.
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 following:
- All pre-requisite course work with a grade of C or higher; minimum 2.75 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale);
- Sixty (60) hours of volunteer work prior to application; Due to the current COVID-19 crisis which has made it more difficult for students to
obtain observation/volunteer hours, the UND OT department has made the determination
to drop our observation hours requirement for the current application cycle (July-December
2020). Students who have already completed observation hours should submit documentation
through the OTCAS application.
- Information required includes letters of reference, written essay, resumé, and volunteer information;
- Onsite interview and writing exercise.
Admissions are competitive and based on Admissions Committee review of:
- Cumulative GPA
- Personal interview
- Leadership record
- Volunteerism record
- Recommendations (references), preferably from professors, supervisors or professionals with whom you have worked.
- Resumé (include organizational and community involvements)
Students are assigned to a pre-professional advisor in the Occupational Therapy Department (OT Admissions, Grand Forks program or Breann Lamborn, Casper program), and are expected to make appointments to see the advisor regularly in program planning. In addition, students are assigned to a departmental faculty member who may assist them in career planning and personal-professional development.
Applicants must complete the required criminal background check following the offer of admission but prior to enrollment. 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 background check.
Students are encouraged to apply for admission to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program through the Indians Into Medicine Program (INMED). Each year, the Occupational Therapy Department adds two seats for INMED program participants who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes. INMED is a national program and we encourage students from North Dakota and out of state to apply.
INMED provides academic, personal, and cultural support to aid in successful academic achievement for its program participants. To apply for admission to the UND Occupational Therapy Program through the INMED program, follow the steps listed below:
- Complete the UND Graduate School application
- Complete the Occupational Therapy INMED Application
- Attach a copy of your tribal enrollment document, i.e., CDIB or Tribal ID photo. (You must be enrolled, not a descendant)
For further information about the INMED application process, contact Kathleen Fredericks, student services officer
For more information about the UND INMED Program, please visit its website.