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

Pre-Campus Requirements

Campus Information (See Below)

About Vermillion

Email and Registration Access Orientation Schedule Housing
Immunization Policy and Form Handbook Internet
CPR Policy Dress Code Newspapers
Health Insurance Policy Class Calendar Online Classifieds
Final Transcripts Financial Aid Information
Campus Computing Requirements


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.


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. The handbook will be made available in the weeks before orientation.


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.


We strongly recommend purchasing a laptop or tablet computer supported by USD information technology services. Please review the list of computer expectations and recommendations. This list will likely be updated slightly in the spring.

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.

Student Newsletter

To make your transition to the OT program a little easier, the Class of 2019 will compose a newsletter with helpful hints and information. Please check back for this to appear in late spring.

Program of Study

The OTD 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. Your USD email account will be sent a website link to the calendar in July. You will use this link 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. A detailed Google calendar will be shared with you prior to orientation. 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


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. USDOT 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.