The Department of Occupational Therapy shares the mission of the University of North Dakota and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences to serve the public through: 1) teaching and preparation of highly skilled entry-level occupational therapists; 2) scholarly and creative activity; and 3) service. The mission is accomplished through integration of scholarly inquiry and application of occupation in teaching/learning and OT practice contexts. Promotion of health and wellness of the public through engagement in meaningful and valued occupations and commitment to best practices within the profession of OT are expected outcomes. Best practices in the profession will reflect the exemplars of self-reflection, client-centeredness, and occupation-centered practice driven by research evidence. The skills for lifelong learning and ethical and effective leadership will be promoted to enhance the quality of life of all people with whom we engage.
Goal 1: Students will be able to analyze and apply the occupation-based theories, models of practice and frames of reference used to guide occupational therapy evaluation and intervention.
Goal 2: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the use of screening and evaluation tools used to determine the need for occupational therapy intervention.
Goal 3: Students will be able to formulate and implement the therapeutic intervention plan to facilitate occupational performance.
Goal 4: Students will be able to apply principles of management and systems in the provision of occupational therapy services to individuals and organizations.
Goal 5: Students will organize, collect, analyze and evaluate clinical data, research evidence, professional literature, and measures of outcome in order to make informed, evidence-based decisions in occupational therapy practice, including improving practice outcomes.
Goal 6: Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the AOTA Code of Ethics, Core Values and Attitudes of Occupational Therapy, and AOTA-Standards of Practice as guides for professional interactions in academic and practice settings.
Goal 7: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills, both oral and written, across multiple contexts important to the practice of occupational therapy.
The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND also holds many special accreditation's at the college, department, or program level.
International Student Requirements:
All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for ways in which this requirement can be met.
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