The Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy programs at the University of South Dakota are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Students must graduate from an ACOTE-accredited program and successfully pass the NBCOT exam in order to apply for state licensure and to practice as an occupational therapist.
The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy at the University of South Dakota is no longer accepting new students; beginning fall 2016, students are only accepted at the doctoral level.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.