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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Considering a future in occupational therapy? USD provides specialized programs and meticulously crafted coursework to prepare you for occupational therapy school applications.

Your Path in Pre-Occupational Therapy

If you're aspiring to pursue a career in occupational therapy, careful planning of your undergraduate program is essential to meet the prerequisites for admission to occupational therapy school. Occupational therapists are integral to the health care team, assessing and addressing conditions that impact individuals' ability to perform everyday activities.

The University of South Dakota's pre-occupational therapy path is designed to give students the necessary education for occupational therapy school. While the program covers required coursework, are encouraged to consult the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for information about how to apply to occupational therapy programs and should reach out to individual schools for specific admission requirements. It's important to talk with an advisor to plan your studies according to the schools you're interested in.

This pre-occupational therapy program does not lead to a degree, however USD offers an accelerated occupational therapy option, allowing students to complete both their undergraduate and professional degrees concurrently. Explore the details provided below and refer to our frequently asked questions to gain insights into how the program will shape your USD education and prepare you for success.

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Pre-Occupational Therapy

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USD's pre-occupational therapy program is designed to prepare you for applications to occupational therapy school. Although you won't graduate with a degree specifically in pre-occupational therapy, the program complements your chosen major, offering a comprehensive pre-professional curriculum. Advising plays a crucial role in navigating any pre-professional path, so it's essential to communicate your interest in occupational therapy school with your advisor and inquire about how this decision will impact your education at USD.

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Pre-Occupational Therapy FAQ

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Occupational Therapy at USD

The occupational therapy program at USD takes a comprehensive approach, considering the  diverse needs of clients, including their physical, psychological and social aspects, while highlighting the importance of adapting to the environment. The OTD program aims to prepare students to become experienced, compassionate occupational therapists capable of creating innovative services for their clients.

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Health Care Experts

The University of South Dakota stands as the pinnacle of health care education in the state, hosting South Dakota's only medical school. Renowned as the regional leader in health care education, USD provides comprehensive coursework across various health care disciplines. With an unmatched understanding of the health care landscape, we are dedicated to connecting students to the opportunities necessary to shape their path for the future.

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Incredible Research Opportunities

A unique aspect of your USD education is access to incredible undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also sharpen your writing skills by applying for undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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