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.
The Occupational Therapy Department at UND values diversity and inclusion. We are excited that you are considering our program and we look forward to reviewing your application. We welcome and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply to our program.
The following outlines timelines and interview dates for the class that will begin in August of 2023. We encourage you to submit your materials early for consideration! It is important to make sure your application is complete.
A completed application includes: OTCAS application questions answered thoroughly, a personal statement of why you are interested in OT, completion of the UND OT program essay questions, all transcripts submitted to OTCAS, please make sure to include your current courses and any courses you plan on taking during the spring semester. All designated prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of spring semester (we require prerequisites to be a C or higher). You must also complete the UND supplemental application.
A personal interview is required. We have two campus sites (Grand Forks, ND and Casper, WY). We will have both online and face to face interview opportunities. We encourage you to explore our program and consider interviewing in person at your preferred location. This will give you the opportunity to meet with students and faculty, tour our facilities, and see the local community.
We will also have online interviews. We understand that sometimes it is challenging to travel. We are here to answer your questions and support you in the application process.
We will reach out to students who have completed the application in its entirety and meet our requirements (prerequisite coursework, GPA, etc) to schedule an interview. Each applicant will only need to interview once.
There will be three time frames for interviews. Applicants should plan on spending approximately two hours with the interview process, including a brief writing exercise.
First Round -. All application materials must be submitted by October 15.
Interviews will be scheduled:
November 18th /Friday
*In Person afternoon on both campuses
Second Round All application materials must be submitted by November 15.
Interviews will be scheduled:
January 6th/Friday– In Person on both campuses/Online
January 7th/Saturday – Online
Third Round Deadline - All application materials must be submitted by December 20.
Interviews will be scheduled:
February 10th/Friday – In Person both campuses/Online
February 11th/Saturday – Online
Each qualified applicant will be granted one interview.
The Occupational Therapy Department at UND values diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply to our program.
Early Assurance: Ensure a Spot as an Incoming Freshman
Early assurance is a criterion-based early admission program for Pre-Occupational Therapy students who have exemplary academic performance during high school.
- Limited to the top 20 most qualified candidates
- Selection process begins in September for the following fall
- High school GPA of 3.75 or higher
- High school seniors apply for admission to UND
- Declare intent to pursue Pre-Occupational Therapy on UND admission application
- Complete the Occupational Therapy early assurance application (invitation and link to application will be emailed to qualified candidates)
- Priority given to early applications
- Students who are not selected for early assurance are encouraged to apply for admission to the traditional Occupational Therapy program through the standard admission process
- One meeting per semester with UND OT Early Assurance Advisor
- Maintain a GPA of 3.25 for all undergraduate coursework
- Achieve a GPA of 3.40 for UND OT prerequisite coursework by the Fall prior to the anticipated year entering the program.
- Progress through prerequisite coursework for the UND OT program as determined by meetings with UND OT Early Assurance Advisor
- Fulfillment of UND essential studies requirements
- Attain 30 observation hours, 20 of which must be with a occupational therapist
- One of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree
- > 90 semester credit hours with the equivalent of an identified minor in a selected discipline
- >90 semester credit hours with 8 of those at the 300 and/or 400 level(s).
- Students may only withdraw once from an individual course and may only have three total course withdrawals
- Students may only retake 2 UND OT prerequisite courses.
- Students are expected to comply with all elements of the UND Code of Student Life and interact with peers, faculty, and community members in a thoughtful, respectful manner.
- Pass a criminal background check prior to matriculation within the professional program.
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);
- Thirty (30) 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
2022). 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, LLC 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.