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North Dakota Occupational Therapist Schools

There is a lot to know about occupational therapy in North Dakota. Individuals who are interested in starting a career in occupational therapy (OT) should read the following information about OT in North Dakota. In addition, we'll include information about getting an OT degree online, as well.

OT Salary in North Dakota

Occupational therapy is a promising career in North Dakota with an average annual income of $90,000 (according to Indeed.com; December 14, 2010). In fact, in 2009 Forbes Magazine ranked a career in occupational therapy at number eight on the list of hot jobs where pay is increasing, even in a recession. The national average for an OT salary is continually on the rise, which makes this career, even more appealing to individuals searching for a financially rewarding career.

Who Needs Occupational Therapy in ND?

Occupational therapists help individuals to achieve independence in all aspects of their lives. Occupational therapists in North Dakota help a wide variety of people with various conditions including: helping individuals recover from limitations caused by a stroke, heart attack, lower back problems, stress injuries, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, birth injuries, developmental disabilities, learning problems, Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, amputations, burns, injuries to the spinal cord, broken bones, vision problems and other chronic injuries or conditions.

Online Classes - University of North Dakota (t-MOT)

While there are several campus-based OT programs in North Dakota, online classes provide freedom for students who prefer to set their own schedule. The University of North Dakota offers one of the state's best online occupational therapy programs. The transitional Master's of Occupational Therapy program (t-MOT) is an online Master's program for those who are already working in the OT field and have a previously earned baccalaureate degree. The t-MOT program takes two years to complete with those students who take at least three to six credits per semester. When students have successfully completed the program, they will graduate with a Master's of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The curriculum in this program enables students to network with clinical experts throughout the United States using an interactive community, help with program development for many different populations, evaluate principles and access technical and academic support.


Individuals interested in applying for the t-MOT program at UND are required to be eligible to be admitted into the University of North Dakota (or already enrolled at UND). The other requirements for the program include:

1 Completing a pre-professional OT program with at least a 2.75 GPA

2 Completing at least 60 hours of volunteer work

3 Completing the online application form, as well as, a written essay, volunteer information and three reference letters (written by a supervisors, professors and/or professional co-workers)

In addition, admission to the University of North Dakota's online program is also dependent on the student completing a successful interview with the UND Admission's Committee.


A student's acceptance into the program is competitive with consideration for an individual's overall GPA, science GPA, personal interview, essay, leadership potential, reference letters and volunteer work.