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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog and Student Handbook 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Occupational Therapy, A.S.

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Pre-Professional Curricula

Pre-professional degree programs are designed to prepare students for entry into a bachelor degree program and then into their identified area of professional schooling. It is necessary for pre-professional students to work closely with an academic advisor to ensure that the requirements of the identified professional school(s) are met. For each pre-professional student, the degree program will be modified to provide the student with coursework that will best prepare them for their future studies and professional practice. Students expecting to qualify for admission into professional schools are urged to study carefully the particular requirements of the institution from which they wish to obtain a degree. Since society imposes leadership responsibilities on professionally trained people, most professional schools recommend that pre-professional training should stress 1) proficiency in language, 2) broad cultural background in the liberal arts or humanistic studies and in the social and behavioral sciences, and 3) completion of some basic science course and familiarity with the use of the scientific laboratory method.

The pre-occupational therapy program at Casper College is designed to prepare students to transfer to a professional program at another institution and is not a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) program. Casper College has a partnership with the University of North Dakota providing students the opportunity to earn an entry-level Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy while remaining on the Casper College Campus. Casper College students will work with a Casper College advisor prior to applying for entry to this program. The University of North Dakota MOT Program - Casper College site - is located in the Loftin Life Science Building, (307) 268-2613.

Students planning to transfer to schools other than UND should contact those schools to obtain transfer requirements, and should notify the pre-OT advisor so that appropriate course selections are made.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Total Program Credits (62-63 Credits)


*Although MATH 1000 fulfills the Math requirement for this degree, it is not a sequential course.  Students completing this course will have to complete MATH 1400 if they desire to pursue higher level MATH courses.

**Students wishing to apply to the UND Master’s of Occupational Therapy program will need to have completed 9 credit hours of fine arts/humanities courses (3 hours of which needs to be simultaneously designated as Global Studies credit) that adheres to the University of North Dakota’s Essential Studies program and is transferable.  Please work with a pre-OT advisor to ensure appropriate course selection.

The normal length of this program is two academic years at 15-17 credit hours per semester.

Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 60 approved semester credits are required for graduation. For specific graduation requirements see “Academic Information ” and “Degree Requirements .”

Only courses numbered 1000 or above can be used toward the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Applied Science and Associate Degree in Nursing.

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