USD OT students score perfect on national exam

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Twenty-one students graduating from The University of South Dakota’s Occupational Therapy graduate program in 2010 passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam with flying colors.

In fact, USD students have had a first-time pass rate of 100 percent for six consecutive years.

According to Barb Brockevelt, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of USD’s Department of Occupational Therapy, students must pass this exam to be eligible for state licensure in any United States jurisdiction. While the six-year 100 percent score is impressive, Brockevelt added that USD students have had a first-time pass rate of 98 percent during the history of the graduate board exam results. The national average is 87 percent. USD is one of just five programs nationwide to have a perfect pass rate for three consecutive years, 2008-2010.

“This verifies the commitment our students have in our program as well as the extraordinary efforts of our faculty to prepare students for the NBCOT exam,” said Brockevelt, who added that the USD program is 20 years old in 2011, beginning in 1991. “It’s a tribute to everyone involved in the occupational therapy program at USD.”

The Occupational Therapy program at The U is the only master’s-level occupational therapy program in South Dakota. This graduate program leads to a Master of Science degree and prepares students for entry-level positions with emphasis on rural, multicultural and multi-service delivery practices. For more information about the program, please visit