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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 . 


The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the University of South Dakota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA. ACOTE is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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.

Tuition and Fees

Information regarding expected tuition, fees, and other expenses can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.

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