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Helping people live full, meaningful lives.

Empowering individuals to reach goals and maximize independence.

Occupational therapists assist people in achieving their goals, maintaining or rebuilding their independence and participating in the everyday activities that they need to do or that simply make life worth living. 


Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.)

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at USD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The majority of this program is delivered face-to-face, on campus, with exception of Level I and Level II fieldwork and the capstone experience, and is designed for those who do not hold a degree in occupational therapy. The program is a three-year curriculum that combines didactic and clinical education. See accreditation for more information regarding the ACOTE accreditation process.

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Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.)

The post-professional O.T.D. at USD is conferred upon completion of a five-semester, 31-credit curriculum that is offered online and is uniquely tailored to the professional aspirations of each practitioner. Designed for licensed occupational therapists who graduated with a master's degree in occupational therapy, the post-professional O.T.D. will help you advance within your career through the development and application of new knowledge and skills.

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Admission Requirements

Application Deadline:

O.T.D.: Preferred application deadline is Oct. 1, 2020 with a final application deadline on Feb. 1, 2021. Selected applicants will be invited to interview in 2020 on Nov. 6 or Dec. 4 or in 2021 on Jan. 15, Feb. 12, or Mar. 5.

Post-professional O.T.D.: The deadline for application for fall 2021 is June 30, 2021.

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Job Security

    Occupational Therapists have an incredible employment outlook with 2% unemployment.

  • High Certification Rates

    Our students consistently achieve a nearly 100 percent pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam.

  • Jumpstart your OT Program

    You may be eligible to secure your seat a year in advance through our Occupational Therapy Scholar Program.