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The University of North Dakota/Casper College site Occupational Therapy Program is part of UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences and offers students the opportunity to earn a five year entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree; two years pre-professional coursework and three years of the professional curriculum on the Casper College campus.

Occupational Therapy as a profession is based on the belief that purposeful activity (occupation), including its interpersonal and environmental components, may be used to prevent and mediate dysfunction and elicit maximum adaptation.

The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). For information regarding accreditation, contact:

4720 Montgomery Lane
PO Box 31220,
Bethesda, Maryland 20824-1220.
phone: (301) 652-2682

All basic professional programs must comply with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, 2006. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national entry-level certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

800 South Frederick Avenue,
Suite 200,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150;
phone: (301) 990-7979)

After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). Many states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses may be based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

While preparing for the professional program, students will complete courses such as Human Anatomy, General, Abnormal and Child Psychology, Medical Terminology and much more. Students also travel for various fieldwork assignments, to experience hands-on training from practicing therapists in dynamic settings.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Contact Information:
Brandi Atnip
Department of Zoology
(307) 268-2541
LS 110
      Scott Johnson
Department of Zoology
(307) 268-2001
LS 208

Is Occupational Therapy for you?

Students pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy must have an interest in medical sciences, possess an insight into human relationships, and have an empathetic attitude toward disability. Additionally, you should…

  • Enjoy working with people of all ages
  • Possess good problem solving skills
  • Possess the ability to motivate others
  • Possess the ability to learn and teach manual skills for many different life styles
  • Accept individuals with a wide range of cultural and economic backgrounds

What do Occupational Therapists do?

Occupational Therapy as a profession is based on the belief that purposeful activity (occupation), including its interpersonal and environmental components, may be used to prevent and mediate dysfunction and elicit maximum adaptation.

Occupational Therapists provide the following services:

  • Customized treatment programs aimed at improving abilities to carry out activities of daily living.
  • Comprehensive evaluation of home and job environments and recommendations on necessary adaptations.
  • Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment to replace lost function.
  • Instructions to family members and attendants in safe and effective methods of caring for persons with disabilities.

Where do Occupational Therapists work?

  • Hospitals
  • Public/ private schools
  • Nursing homes
  • Mental health centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Retirement communities
  • State institutions
  • Day care programs
  • Private practices
  • Senior centers

A complete curriculum can be obtained by requesting an information packet.

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