Our students learn in real-world settings and serve the community in a variety of ways, including:

  • Working with clients of all ages throughout the program of study
  • Completing pediatric, physical rehabilitative, and psychosocial fieldwork in more than 175 sites around the nation
  • Serving as student representatives at the state and national level
  • Becoming members of the Pi Theta Epsilon professional honor society
  • Attending state and national occupational therapy conferences
  • The Teaching Research Laboratory student service learning experiences provide students with learning opportunities through faculty-mentored service provision with community members. The students are guided in a mentorship process to develop initial clinical skills while working with volunteers across the lifespan.
  • Participating in interprofessional education opportunities through University of South Dakota’s Interprofessional Health Education Center
  • Serving local and regional communities through the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) through participation in after school programs, food and school supply drives, activities at assisted/independent living facilities, and highway cleanups
  • Participating in interprofessional cultural experiences which promote diversity and inclusion, with homeless, underserved, minority, and group home populations. Emphasis is placed on the Native American culture and social factors which influences health and occupational performance in rural areas