You must obtain a baccalaureate degree to be eligible for our program. No preference is given to any specific field of undergraduate study. In addition to the degree, the following prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to entrance into the program.

  • A minimum of seven of the nine prerequisite courses must be complete prior to application
  • Cumulative, prerequisite and science prerequisite GPAs of 3.0 (as calculated by OTCAS) or better based on a 4.0 scale are required
      • Grades below a C in prerequisite coursework will not be accepted
      • When calculating prerequisite and science prerequisite GPAs, if a course has been taken twice, the highest grade will be applied to the GPA. If it is taken more than twice, the average will be calculated and applied to the GPA.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be considered by the admissions committee. A minimum score of 4/5 must be met for any prerequisite coursework. A syllabus and score report must be sent to the OT department to verify qualification of AP coursework. These documents can be submitted directly to ot@usd.edu or mail Attn: Rita Humphrey at the addresses listed on the bottom of this page. Credit must appear on the official college transcript and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework in order to be considered.
  • CLEP credits will be considered by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.
  • Pass/Fail coursework will not be accepted in fulfillment of prerequisite requirements with the exception of medical terminology.
  • All prerequisites must be completed by June 1 prior to entrance
  • All prerequisites must be taken within 10 years of application to the program.
  • Prerequisite Courses

    Course Subject
    Semester Credit Hours
    Sample of Acceptable Courses at USD
    Biology 
    3 BIOL151/L: General Biology I w/ Lab

    BIOL 153/L: General Biology II w/ Lab

    Must be at the level for majors and must include a lab component
    Microbiology and Cellular Biology are also acceptable content areas

    Human Anatomy* 3 PHYG 220/220L: Human Physiology and Integrated Anatomy I
    No survey courses are accepted
    Human Physiology*
    3 PHYG 230/230L: Human Physiology and Integrated Anatomy II
    No survey courses are accepted
    General Psychology
    3 PSYC 101: General Psychology
    Lifespan Development
    3 PSYC 321: Human Development: Lifespan
    All acceptable courses must cover the lifespan from conception through death and cover social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development.
    Abnormal Psychology
    3 PSYC 451: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
    Introductory Sociology or Anthropology
    3 SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
    ANTH 210: Cultural Anthropology
    Statistics 3 STAT 281: Introduction to Statistics
    PSYC 371: Statistics in Psychological Research
    BIOL 420: Introduction to Biostatistics & Computational Biology
    Medical Terminology
    1-3 CLHU 101: Medical Terminology
    HSC 250: Healthcare Terminology in the Clinical Setting
    Physics
    - Recommended, but not required
    PHYS 111: Introduction to Physics I
    Orientation to Occupational Therapy
    - Recommended, but not required
    OCTH 211: Introduction to Occupational Therapy
     * If Human Anatomy and Human Physiology are offered in a combined course, two semesters of the course are required.