Welcome, Class of 2021. You'll find information below about your admission to the occupational therapy program.
Be prepared to attend orientation with required sessions beginning July 16, 2018. Regular OT courses will begin on July 23, 2018. 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 email@example.com for inclusion into the full presentation.
The USD Occupational Therapy Student 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. A link to this handbook will be added prior to orientation.
Because of the complexity of the anatomy course, an overview of the course and lab component will be held during the first week of OT courses. 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. Beginning information will be posted 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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. The updated course rotation/listing will be linked in once the new USD Graduate Catalog has been finalized.
All class calendars are available as a Google calendar. You will visit the Occupational Therapy section of the MyUSD portal 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 16, 2018||Friday, July 20, 2018|
|Fall 2018||Monday, July 23, 2018||Wednesday, December 12, 2018|
|Spring 2019||Wednesday, January 2, 2019||Friday, May 3, 2019|
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.
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.
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.
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.