University of Jamestown provides a strong background for students pursuing further study in occupational therapy.

These students often select a major in biology or exercise physiology. A major in another area may be satisfactory as long as the necessary pre-requisites are chosen in consultation with one’s academic advisor. In addition to specific science courses, a background in psychology is recommended.

Program Strengths

As a pre-occupational therapy student at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • faculty whose main focus is teaching
  • small class sizes assuring personal attention from instructors
  • advisers who are informed about the requirements and opportunities in pre-professional areas
  • a strong emphasis on the liberal arts, which will prepare you for professional school
  • many organizations and activities providing opportunities to develop non-academic skills while pursuing your professional goals


Recent professional school placement in Occupational Therapy includes the following:

  • College of St. Catherine
  • Indianapolis University
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior

View the 2014- 2015 Occupational Therapy fact sheet here.

Specific coursework for this major is outlined can be viewed or downloaded here.

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.

Bruce Jensen, PhDProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Developmental Biology, University of Wisconsin; BS, Biology, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Introduction to Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and Molecular Biology

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Carl Steffan, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Iowa State University
Teaches: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis

Chris Mahoney, MSAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: MS, Northern State University
Teaches: Technology Integration, Curriculum/Standards & Assessment, Elementary Methods, PE Methods, Teaching Fitness Education, MS & HS Activities & Materials, PE Seminar, Adapted PE, Social Dance

Sarabakhsh-Mort Mort Sarabakhsh, PhD, CHAProfessor of Marketing

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of Dallas; PhD, Alliant International University
Teaches: Marketing, Global Marketing, Marketing Research, Strategic Marketing, and Hospitality/Tourism Management

Wallace-Dana Dana Wallace, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, North Dakota State University
Teaches: Social Psychology, General Psychology, Psychology in Context, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology

UofJ Seal Kathleen Schnaars Uvino, Ph.DAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: Ph.D in Biology: City University of New York; M. Phil. in Biology: CUNY; M.A in Biology: Queens College; M.S in Computer Science: Pace University; A.A.S in Veterinary Science Technology: SUNY - Delhi
Teaches: Introduction to Biology and Environmental Science

walterMarla5 Marla J. Walter, MSInstructor

Certifications/Degrees: BA, University of Arizona; MS, University of Arizona
Teaches: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology of Exercise, Methods in Aerobic and Resistance Training, Phys Education and Recreation, Exercise Mgmt (persons with chronic disease & disabilities)

Rittenbach-Terri Teree Rittenbach, PhD, GNP, BCProfessor of Nursing and Director of RN to BSN Program

Certifications/Degrees: BA, UJ; MS, UP; PhD, U of M; ANCC Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Teaches: Nutrition, Child/Adult Health II & III, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pathophysiologic Basis for Pharmacology Online RN to BSN, Professional Character and Ethics

Amarro-Anthony Anthony Amaro, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, University of California, Davis
Teaches: Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry

piscitielloDebi Deborah Piscitiello, PhDAssistant Professor of Business Management

Certifications/Degrees: MA, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota PhD, Capella University
Teaches: Business Mgmt., Human Resource Mgmt., Strategic Mgmt., Sales Mgmt., Operations & Production Mgmt.

Kelsey Titus Kelsey TitusInstructor, Assistant Volleyball Coach

Certifications/Degrees: MS, Northern State University
Teaches: Intro to Kinesiology

Solensky-Michelle Michelle Solensky, PhDProfessor of Biology

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota; BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Teaches: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, Ecology, and Animal Behavior

Hager-Tom Tom Hager, MSHead Baseball Coach, Associate Athletic Director

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota

Ault-Cindy Cindy Ault, MSAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Human Parasitology, Immunology, and Chemistry for Health Science

Crabtree Gene Crabtree, BS, BAInstructor, Athletic Trainer

Certifications/Degrees: BS, North Dakota State University; BA, Jamestown College
Teaches: Sports First Aid and Injury Care

Ash-Kim Kim Ash, MS, RNAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: BSN, University of Wyoming; MS in Nursing Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead
Teaches: Child/Adult Health II, Nutrition, Childbearing Family

thorlakson, mika Mika Thorlakson, DCAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University

Adjunct Faculty
  • University of Jamestown
    Biology Department
    6062 College lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • University of Jamestown
    Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science
    6775 College Lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • Bruce Jensen, PhD Professor & Department Chair

    jensen@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467, 5473

  • Marla J. Walter, MS Instructor

    mwalter@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467, 5712