Experience a forward-thinking approach to occupational therapy at USD.
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.
Our program is located in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, a building which offers state-of-the-art teaching, learning and clinic space. Students also take classes, including an interprofessional human gross anatomy course and simulation exercises, in the Lee Medical building .
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.
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VERMILLION, S.D. – Ranelle Nissen, Ph.D., OTR/L, academic fieldwork coordinator and associate professor in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of South Dakota, has been appointed to the national Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the Accreditation Counc...
Mary Schaefer '14 B.S., '16 M.S., is an occupational therapist for Folsom Cordova Unified School District in Sacramento, California, and provides therapy to children of all ages. Schaefer received the 30 under 30 achievement for her successful professional and personal life and for her involvement in the community.
Occupational Therapist ranks fourth in the 50 Best Jobs in America.