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Occupational Therapy toolsThe 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

HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology (3L,3CR):
An introduction to medical vocabulary and terminology. The use of abbreviations, suffixes, and combining forms are stressed to give the student a working knowledge of medical terms.

OCTH 2000 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (2L,2CR):
This course is designed to introduce students to the occupational therapy profession. As the history, scope of practice, objectives and functions of occupational therapy are addressed, students will affirm their academic decision.

PSYC 1000 General Psychology (4L,4CR)[E][CS]:
One semester introductory psychology course designed to familiarize the student with the major areas of psychological research. Course orientation is directed toward understanding behavior through an experimental approach. Application of course content to everyday behavior situations is emphasized.

PSYC 2300 Developmental Psychology (3L,3CR)[E]:
Provides an overview of child growth and development through adolescence using a lifespan approach, the theoretical bases for the area of child study, application of solutions to developmental problems, and the physical, psychological, social and emotional aspects of child psychology, as well as current research on the topic. Prerequisite: three to four hours of 1000 level introductory psychology.

PSYC 2340 Abnormal Psychology (3L,3LB,3CR)[E]:
A general study of abnormal behaviors including types, etiology, and treatment approaches. Prerequisite: seven hours of psychology or PSYC 1000 and four credits of biology.

PSYC 2360 Lifespan: Adulthood and Aging (1L,1CR)[E]:
An overview of the lifespan from adulthood to later maturity, the theoretical bases for adult development, and the psychological, physical, social and emotional aspects of adult transitions. Current research methodology on adulthood will be emphasized. Prerequisite: PSYC 2300 or concurrent enrollment with consent of instructor.

STAT 2050 Fundamentals of Statistics (5L,5CR)[E][QB]:
Primarily for the students of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, and physical sciences. Includes frequency distributions and graphics, central tendency, dispersion, useful probability models, and basic statistical inference including linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite: a C or better in MATH 1000 or MATH 1400, or an ACT Math score of 23 or better, or an appropriate COMPASS Exam score within the past year.

ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy (3L,3CR)[E][SB]:
This course is designed to give students a hands-on experience with the microscopic and macroscopic elements of human anatomy. Topics covered include human anatomical principles ranging from the cellular to the organ system level. This course is intended to provide students with a solid anatomical background, which may be used to assist in learning human physiology. (This course must be combined with ZOO 2041 and ZOO 2110 in order to fulfill an anatomy and physiology requirement. *NOTE: a maximum of 8 credit hours in an Anatomy and Physiology course sequence may be applied toward graduation.) (Cross-listed at UW as KIN 2040.)

ZOO 2041 Human Anatomy Lab (3LB,1CR)[E][SB]:
To be taken concurrent with ZOO 2040 Human Anatomy. (Cross-listed at UW as KIN 2041.)

ZOO 2110 Human Physiology (3L,3LB,4CR):
This course is a scientific inquiry into the physiology of select organ systems in the human body during homeostasis. Physical exertion, environmental effects and pathological change will also be discussed as they pertain to physiological change in organ system function. Physiologic concepts will be related to anatomical organization. (This course must be combined with ZOO 2040 and ZOO 2041 in order to fulfill an anatomy and physiology requirement.*NOTE: a maximum of 8 credit hours in an Anatomy and Physiology course sequence may be applied toward graduation.) (Cross listed with PEPR 2110.)

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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