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The 3+3 accelerated program allows qualified students enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program at the University of South Dakota to begin the Occupational Therapy program early as a senior and use the first year of OT coursework to complete their bachelor's degree. The program allows you to graduate with both a bachelor's degree and OTD in six years rather than seven, saving you time and money. Eligible undergraduate programs are those which have entered into an approved 3+3 arrangement with Occupational Therapy.


  • Submit the intent form for the 3+3 program by add/drop deadline of your third semester
  • Earn 100 undergraduate credits by the end of your junior year
  • Meet all major, distribution and testing requirements by the end of your junior year
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Complete all standard admissions requirements to USD Occupational Therapy including submission of the OTCAS application no later than January 1 of the year in which you plan to enroll in the occupational therapy program.
  • Obtain a final degree audit from the Office of the Registrar attesting that you have successfully achieved all minimum requirements (100 credits, including major, distribution and testing requirements) prior to enrolling

Meeting all requirements does not guarantee admission to USD Occupational Therapy. All students must apply and be considered on the merits of their applications. If an applicant moderately deviates from the GPA requirements and demonstrates evidence of extraordinary character, leadership and maturity, we reserve the right to make an exception and grant admission in that case.

Important Documents

Financial Aid

3+3 participants will pay standard undergraduate tuition and fees and receive federal financial aid under the rules for undergraduate students during the first three years as an undergraduate student. Once the student is admitted to the Occupational Therapy program and begins the first-year course of study, you will be billed and receive funding as an OT student. Standard financial aid as an OT student includes the ability to borrow the total cost of attendance, which includes the cost of tuition and fees as well as the estimated cost of living.