North Dakota Occupational Therapist School

Steps to Become an Occupational Therapist in North Dakota

Step 1- Seeking an approved Masters Degree through one of the North Dakota occupational therapy schools or online programs will constitute your educational requirements in North Dakota. In times past, one could work in this field with an undergraduate degree, however, that is not the case now. The program you will enter must be an accredited college or university.

Step 2
- the next step in your career path after you have received your Master’s Degree will be obtaining certification from the Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The process for certification is broken down as follows:

  1. Apply for your test.
  2. Pay the appropriate amount for testing.
  3. Practice for your exam. You will find material available to assist you in memorizing and knowing the testing material.
  4. Take your exam.
  5. Wait for the results- approximately 14 business days.


Step 3
- Apply to the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (NMRLD) for your state exam and license.

License for Occupational Therapists in North Dakota

North Dakota licensing is mandatory and is against the law to practice in North Dakota without it. A passing grade on a national test is one of the prerequisites to receive your license. Once you have completed your exam and tender your submission to the North Dakota Board Occupational Therapy Practice your license number will be issued in about fourteen days.


Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Occupational Therapists in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot, North Dakota may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the St. Alexius Medical Center, Jamestown Hospital, Dakota Clinic and Medcenter One Jamestown.

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