Welcome, Class of 2020. You'll find information below about your admission to the occupational therapy program.

Orientation

Be prepared to attend orientation with required sessions beginning July 17, in the Lee Medical Building. Regular OT courses will begin on July 24. To help familiarize yourself with the orientation locations, please view the campus map. Most events will be held in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center (SCSC), Muenster University Center (MUC), and Lee Medical Building. Parking on campus will require a permit. Students parking near the SCSC are required to either park on the street or the lot to the south of the building (permit required). Students should enter the SCSC through the south door. Orientation activities require business casual dress code - please view the full dress code information below.

As a part of the orientation week, you will participate in the occupational therapy professionalism ceremony. This ceremony is your welcome to professional education and family members are encouraged to attend. A PowerPoint presentation will be utilized as a part of this ceremony. Please complete the template file and return your slide to ot@usd.edu for inclusion into the full presentation.

Handbook

The occupational therapy handbook is a resource with which all OT students should make themselves familiar. This document provides detailed information about our policies and procedures. Students are encouraged to read through this document before they come to orientation.

Anatomy

Because of the complexity of the anatomy course, an overview of the course and lab component will be held on July 28. It is important to know that you will start work on the first day of class. Therefore, to be appropriately prepared you will need, in advance, your textbooks for lecture and dissecting apparel for the laboratory which immediately follows the lecture. Dr. Das will post beginning information in the D2L course shell. Until then, these are the requirements you will need to know and have complete prior to the first Anatomy class session.

  1. White lab coats are required to be worn by the students in the lab, no other color will be allowed. Lab coats used by previous students will be available for purchase during orientation week.
  2. Wearing scrubs in encouraged. Any color is acceptable. Some used scrubs will be available for purchase during orientation week. You may also want to have shoes that will only be used in the lab.
  3. Students will want to have several boxes of latex-free gloves available as lab will be several months long. Gloves will be available for purchase during orientation week.
  4. Students will need to buy one box of scalpel blades per lab table. Scalpel blades will be available for purchase during orientation week.
  5. Dissection tools will be provided.
  6. Mask and eye goggles will be provided.

Computers

The USD occupational therapy program strongly recommends the use of a laptop PC during the course of the program. Your laptop will be used for more than just note taking in class; it will become a critical part of your educational experiences: exams, individual and group research projects, and data collection and manipulation.

The university has negotiated pricing with Lenovo, Apple and HP. Although it is not required, students are encouraged to purchase one of the recommended laptops. The USD IT website details the support levels that USD can provide for student laptops. IT recommends that students purchase their laptop from one of the 3 websites listed under “Ultimate Support.” These computers are business‐grade computers designed to last through your education at USD and have been selected based on quality, value, and durability. If you choose to purchase one of the computers recommended, be sure to do so through the website, using the link above. The university can perform warranty repairs on all of the computers listed on the website, and repairs are typically completed within 3-5 days.

Throughout the duration of your time at USD as a student, you are entitled to Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive) at no charge. For information on how to download Office 365, please go to the technology homepage.

For any questions regarding laptops or software, please contact the USD Help Desk at helpdesk@usd.edu or 605-658-6000.

Students are responsible for providing any/all adapters and ethernet (internet) cables for use in the program. Come prepared to orientation with an ethernet cable.

Prior to orientation, register your computer with ITS. This assists our technicians when setting up your computer on the USD network. Do not try to connect to the USD network as a guest user. USD ITS will assist all incoming students with connecting to the wireless network during orientation.

Program of Study

The O.T.D. Program of Study is the list of courses that you will be required to enroll in during your time at USD. OT students will want to make themselves familiar with this list of courses.

Class Calendar

All class calendars are available as a Google calendar. You will visit the to access the calendar for your entire program at USD. Please be aware that as new semester information is added, this draft information will appear before it is finalized. Please do not rely on the information listed for future semesters until the semester actually begins.

A list of semester start and end dates can be found below. Please plan on being in class daily from approximately 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dates are subject to change.

Semester Start Date End Date
Orientation Monday, July 17, 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017
Fall 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
Spring 2018 Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 Friday, May 4, 2018

Textbooks

A list of textbooks needed for the fall semester can be found on our campus bookstore website. The courses you need to search for can be found on the program of study. You will need to purchase your books prior to the first day of class. You will not need to purchase a clicker for your graduate studies at USD. We will provide you with a clicker for your time on campus.

Occupational Therapy Budget

To assist you in financial planning while attending the occupational therapy program, the Financial Aid Office has prepared a cost sheet, which includes estimated "living costs," tuition, books and other program related fees.

Financial Aid

You will not be able to pick up your financial aid until after classes begin. You may contact Lindsay Miller in the Financial Aid Office at 605-658-6250 or at Lindsay.Miller@usd.edu with any questions.

AOTA Membership

Membership in AOTA is required throughout the curriculum. Readings and other materials available through the members-only area are required for a variety of courses. To join, visit the AOTA website. (You will need to scroll to "Are you not yet a Member of AOTA? Join now!") Students receive full membership benefits for only $75 per year. This cost is included in your financial aid package.

Dress Code

We require a specific dress code when attending class, lab or other related program event. Take time to read through the Occupational Therapy professional image policy and attire guidelines to make yourself familiar with the requirements. Lab coats and scrubs will be available for purchase during orientation. Samples will be available for sizing purposes during orientation for the OT lab clothes. Orders and payment will be accepted at that time. Please come to the program prepared.