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USD Occupational Therapy Faculty Receive Prestigious Certifications

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two University of South Dakota Department of Occupational Therapy faculty members received prestigious national certifications from the American Occupational Therapy Association. They are the only occupational therapists in South Dakota to hold board certifications in their respective areas of expertise.

Shana Cerny, OTD, assistant professor, received board certification in pediatrics, and Whitney Lucas Molitor, OTD, assistant professor, received board certification in geriatrics.

Cerny began teaching at the University of South Dakota Department of Occupational Therapy in 2012, and Molitor began her teaching duties in 2015.  

Nationwide, Molitor is one of only 29 occupational therapists certified in geriatrics. Cerny is one of only 122 occupational therapists certified in pediatrics.

Download a photo of Cerny. Download a photo of Lucas Molitor.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News