Occupational Therapy students and faculty

Helping people maximize independence in daily living.

Our occupational therapists help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of occupations or everyday activities. Our students have a holistic perspective that considers the physical, psychological and social needs of their clients and understand the importance of adapting the environment to fit the person.

The doctor of occupational therapy degree is designed to prepare our students to be occupational therapists with exceptional expertise, support research and create innovative services for diverse communities and cultures in South Dakota.

High Certification Rates

Our students consistently achieve a nearly 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam.

More Information

  • VERMILLION, S.D. – Two University of South Dakota Department of Occupational Therapy faculty members received prestigious national certifications from the American Occupational Therapy Association. They are the only occupational therapists in South Dakota to hold board...
  • Occupation Therapy Graduate photo

    Are you a compassionate person who cares about others? Find out how you can use those gifts to change lives with our occupational therapy doctorate program.

  • Retired Army Major Tammy Phipps, a USD occupational therapy graduate, developed the driving rehabilitation program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2008. She continues to direct the only comprehensive driving rehabilitation program operated by the Department of Defense.