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, 2018, for students interested in applying to start the program fall semester 2019. Detailed instructions for the OTCAS application and UND supplemental application can be found at OTCAS.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. All pre-requisite course work with a grade of C or higher; minimum 2.75 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale);
  2. Sixty (60) hours of volunteer work prior to application;
  3. Information required includes letters of reference, written essay, resumé, and volunteer information;
  4. Onsite interview and writing exercise. 

Admissions are competitive and based on Admissions Committee review of:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Personal interview
  • Leadership record
  • Volunteerism record
  • Essay
  • 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.

Background Checks

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:

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.