You must obtain a bachelor's degree to be eligible for our program. No preference is given to any specific field of undergraduate study. In addition to the degree, the following prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to entrance into the program.

  • A minimum of seven of the nine prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester in which you are applying.
  • A minimum of two of the three science prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester in which you are applying.
  • When calculating prerequisite and science prerequisite GPAs, if a course has been taken twice, the highest grade will be applied to the GPA. If it is taken more than twice, the average will be calculated and applied to the GPA.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be considered by the admissions committee. A minimum score of 4/5 must be met for any prerequisite coursework. An official score report must be sent to us by the application deadline to verify qualification of AP coursework. Credit must appear on the official college transcript and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework in order to be considered.
  • CLEP credits will be considered by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.
  • Pass/Fail coursework will not be accepted in fulfillment of prerequisite requirements with the exception of medical terminology.
  • All prerequisites must be completed by June 1 prior to entrance.
  • All prerequisites must be taken within 10 years of applying to the program.
  • Cumulative, prerequisite and science prerequisite GPAs of 3.0 (as calculated by OTCAS) or better based on a 4.0 scale are required. Grades below a C in prerequisite coursework will not be accepted. Transcripts using a +/- grading system will be graded without acknowledgement of the +/- points. For example, grades of B+, B, and B- will all be calculated as a B within the OTCAS system.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may submit their application for review. Applicants are encouraged to provide rationale in their application as to why they feel their GPA is not indicative of their academic capabilities. Merit of the application will be determined by reviewing grades for the most recent 64 semester hours, which must meet the 3.0 GPA requirement. 
  • In the event the cumulative or science prerequisite GPA is below 3.0, the committee may review applications as long as the GPA falls between 2.85-3.0 and all other application requirements are satisfied.  

Prerequisite Courses

Course Subject Semester Credit Hours Sample of Acceptable Courses at USD
Biology 3 BIOL151/151L: General Biology I w/ Lab
BIOL 153/153L: General Biology II w/ Lab
Must be at the level for biology majors and must include a lab component
Microbiology and Cellular Biology are also acceptable content areas
Human Anatomy* 3 PHYG 220/220L: Human Physiology and Integrated Anatomy I
No survey courses are accepted
Human Physiology* 3 PHYG 230/230L: Human Physiology and Integrated Anatomy II
No survey courses are accepted
General Psychology 3 PSYC 101: General Psychology
Lifespan Development 3 PSYC 321: Human Development: Lifespan
All acceptable courses must cover the lifespan from conception through death and cover social, cognitive, emotional and physical development.
Abnormal Psychology 3 PSYC 451: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
Introductory Sociology or Anthropology 3 SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
ANTH 210: Cultural Anthropology
Statistics 3 STAT 281: Introduction to Statistics
PSYC 371: Statistics in Psychological Research
BIOL 420: Introduction to Biostatistics & Computational Biology
Medical Terminology 1-3 CLHU 101: Medical Terminology
HSC 250: Healthcare Terminology in the Clinical Setting
Physics - Recommended, but not required
PHYS 111: Introduction to Physics I
Orientation to Occupational Therapy - Recommended, but not required
OCTH 211: Introduction to Occupational Therapy
*If Human Anatomy and Human Physiology are offered in a combined course, two semesters of the course are required.