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. More information is available in the USD Graduate Catalog.

  • 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

    • Grades obtained in repeated courses are averaged into the GPA

  • 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
3 BIOL151/L: General Biology I w/ Lab
Must be at the level for majors and must include a lab component
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
- 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.