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Students 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 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.

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