OTCAS Web-based Application
USD uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please visit OTCAS to create your account.
All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS:
Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471
OTCAS must receive the application, references, GRE scores, and transcripts by the above deadline date. Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to USD. Please note that USD cannot access most components of unverified applications. Applicants should confirm their status as verified with OTCAS.
OTCAS does not accept paper references. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the OTCAS system.
USD Graduate School Application and Fee
In addition to the OTCAS online application, all applicants are required to apply to the USD Graduate School and pay a $35.00 application fee. You must submit the application and fee by January 3, 2017, but we recommend submission at the same time as the OTCAS application. This will ensure the application moves forward in the review process.
Please note that you do NOT need to resubmit a transcript, letter of references, GRE scores, or other supporting documentation along with your USD Graduate School application. The OT department will provide these to the Graduate School upon receipt of your OTCAS application.
USD requires prerequisite coursework be completed prior to entrance into the program.
The GRE is a required component of the application. Plan to take the GRE well in advance of submitting your application so that the scores are received PRIOR to the application deadline.
A personal interview is a required step of the application process to the USD OT Program. Invitations to interview will be offered to select applicants based on review of the written application materials.
2016-2017 interview dates
To be considered for an early interview the following criteria must be met:
Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.5 (as calculated by OTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale
2 of the following 3 criteria must also be met:
Upon provisional acceptance to the USD Occupational Therapy Program, you will be asked to pay a $200 seat deposit, submit and pay for a criminal background check (approximately $100) and attest, in writing, that you are able to perform the tasks outlined in the Essential Functions document.
General questions about your application or application status may be directed to:
Rita Humphrey (Rita.Humphrey@usd.edu), 605-658-6356
For specific questions concerning prerequisite courses or decision processes, please contact:
Dr. Shana Cerny (Shana.Cerny@usd.edu), 605-658-6376